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Rudman Winchell is a full service law firm serving the people, businesses and communities of Maine. With our vast legal resources and more than two dozen attorneys located in Bangor, we become a true strategic partner with the clients we serve.

Rudman Winchell's Practice Groups

Individual Family

Rudman Winchell attorneys provide expert guidance and on matters involving all aspects of Maine individual and family law including Divorce, Probate, Elder Law, Wills and Estate Planning.

Business Corporate

Rudman Winchell business attorneys regularly represent clients in all aspects of business and corporate law.

Litigation Trials

Rudman Winchell’s trial lawyers have extensive experience in both federal and state courts in a vast array of civil matters as well as criminal defense.

Municipal Government Law

Rudman Winchell represents clients' interests in administrative and enforcement proceedings before government agencies and boards, including appeals.

Insurance Workers Compensation

Rudman Winchell’s insurance law attorneys offer specialized representation to insurance companies and their insureds.

Real Estate Property

Rudman Winchell has a broad Maine based real estate practice. Our real estate attorneys provide representation of banks and other lending institutions

Employment Labor Law

Rudman Winchell’s experienced Employment and Labor attorneys advise clients on preventive strategies and positive solutions in Maine labor and workplace law.

Timberlands Natural Resources

Rudman Winchell is located in the heart of Maine's industrial timberlands, and is a trusted partner of the timber industry and other natural resource based enterprises.

Healthcare Hospitals

Rudman Winchell provides a comprehensive array of legal services to clients in the health care industry, throughout the state of Maine.

From the Attorney's Blog


From the Attorney's Blog

Independent Contractors Can Be Useful, But Can Present Traps For The Unwary

As an employment lawyer in Maine, I routinely deal with a number of small, locally-owned businesses. Many small businesses are, at least in my experience, often interested in achieving two interrelated but somewhat competing goals: (a) expanding their operations and/or increasing output; while also (b) minimizing the (sometimes prohibitive) costs and overhead that accompany such expansion. One idea that is frequently discussed is hiring new workers on an independent contractor basis, rather than as employees.   Independent contractors absolutely serve important business functions. However, you should not decide to hire someone as an independent contractor without first giving the matter careful thought. There can be serious consequences for misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor rather than an employee.   In Maine, the default presumption in most circumstances is that a worker is an employee and not an independent contractor. The burden rests on the hiring party to demonstrate otherwise. Contrary to what many people believe, simply having a contract indicating that the person is an independent contractor is not, itself, sufficient (although it is still an important component –…

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