Maine Lawmakers To End Automatic Driver’s License Suspensions That Paved An Easy Road To Felonies

Soon, Maine will stop automatically suspending driver’s licenses as a penalty for failure to pay fines on most offenses unrelated to driving.  This is a big deal, especially for folks with no criminal history.  Why? Imagine a man, 18 years old, just a pup.  No criminal history.  Let’s call him Gary.  He goes fishing but he does not first obtain […]

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Can I Fire My Employee for That?

Many employers are at least generally aware of the fact that Maine is an “at-will” employment state. As they say, however, a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing. The purpose of this article is to alert employers to the fact that firing an at-will employee is not necessarily a risk-free endeavor. Let’s […]

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Maine’s Adult Use Marijuana Market One Step Closer to Reality

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved a ballot question legalizing possession and use of marijuana by persons 21 and older, and allowing commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana, subject to state and local regulation.  Almost two years later, however, Maine still has no legal market for adult use marijuana. As summer 2018, however, Maine’s […]

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Third-party Contract Beneficiaries

Frequently, an individual or entity not a party to a specific contract may be affected by a breach to that contract.  For example, a municipality may contract with a landscaper to periodically remove brush and other shrubbery encroaching on a road.  A homeowner uphill from that road gains a benefit from this contract as it […]

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New Guidance from the NLRB’s General Counsel on Employee Handbook Policies

As you are likely aware, in recent years there has been much discussion from the NLRB regarding employee handbook language and the potential that such language does or could violate the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). On June 6, 2018, the Office of the General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a […]

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Dealing With Debt After Death

Families face a number of challenges when a loved one dies. The last thing a grieving family member needs is to be bombarded with calls from creditors trying to collect the debts of the deceased relative. It happens, nonetheless. Fortunately, the obligation of repayment generally does not extend to the deceased debtor’s family members. Instead, […]

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ITEMS TO CONSIDER WHEN RECORDING A DIVORCE DECREE THAT WILL AFFECT REAL ESTATE

At the end of a divorce proceeding, the Court will issue a judgment which lays out the division of property and assets between the parties as well as detailing other family matters.  Because divorce judgments can be quite lengthy and not just discuss the division of real estate, an Abstract of Divorce Decree is often […]

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INSURANCE MATTERS

  Don’t waste the insurance you’ve already bought.                   Through the years, certain client problems seem to come across my desk now and again, and then not again for a long time.  Recently, there seems to have been a spate of situations in which clients have lost coverage, or almost lost coverage, under insurance […]

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CHANGES IN THE TAX LAW Spousal Support No Longer Tax Deductible

One of the more complicated and uncertain aspects of divorce is how much spousal support, also called alimony, a party will have to pay.  Maine law does provide some guidance, but not a great deal. 1 The law presumes that there will be no general ongoing spousal support if the marriage lasted less than ten […]

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SPOLIATION OF EVIDENCE AND THE DUTY TO PRESERVE – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you own a business, or find yourself in a situation where you may have evidence related to a potential dispute, you may have a duty to preserve that evidence. It is important to understand your obligations and the steps you should take. The obligation to preserve evidence arises when (1) you have notice that […]

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