World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed each year on June 15th to raise public awareness of elder abuse. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2011, following a request by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA). Elder abuse is any act […]

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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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Estate Planning and Elder Law: Tax Planning in 2018

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The changes to the Internal Revenue Code impact virtually every individual and business and are generally effective in 2018. Estate and Gift Tax The federal gift, estate, and generation-skipping tax credits will shelter gifts and estates up to $11.2 million […]

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Marijuana’s Legal Limbo Poses Challenges for Municipalities

On November 8, 2016, Maine voters approved a ballot question legalizing possession and use of marijuana by persons 21 and older, and to allow commercial cultivation and sale of marijuana, subject to state and local regulation.  The new law, the Marijuana Legalization Act, took effect January 30, 2017, but the Legislature imposed a moratorium on […]

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