LUPC VARIANCE

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Cynthia M. Mehnert

            The State legislature created the Maine Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) formerly known as the Land Use Regulatory Commission (LURC) by statute entitled 12 MRSA Chapter 206-A Land Use Regulation.  The LUPC is charged with interpreting, applying and enforcing Maine’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan for Maine’s unorganized and deorganized territories including plantations and townships. […]

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Employers Can be At Risk for Breaches of Personal Employee Information  

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Anne-Marie L. Storey

In the course of ordinary business, employers often come into possession of personal and very confidential information pertaining to its employees, including Social Security numbers, dates of birth, bank account information, and even health information developed through a wellness program, requests for leave or disability benefits.  This information may come from background investigations or from […]

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In Light of the Recent Devastating Wind Storm, You May Want to Take a Look at Your Homeowner’s Insurance Policy

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Joshua Randlett
Joshua Randlett, Attorney at Law, Rudman Winchell

Last week, a wind storm of epic proportions ravaged much of Maine.  High speed winds knocked down trees, blew off roofs, and wreaked havoc with the power grid.  As of the writing of this blog, news sources have estimated that during the peak of the storm almost 495,000 Maine homes and businesses lost power.  For […]

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Rudman Winchell Recognized as a Tier One Best Law Firm for 2018

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rudman Winchell, Counselors at Law in Bangor is proud to announce that once again the firm has been recognized as a Tier One Best Law Firm by Best Lawyers in America. Rudman Winchell recives the highest honor for Employment Law-Management and Litigation-Land Use and Zoning. The firm also was awarded a Tier 2 ranking for […]

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Jurisdictional Limits of Municipal Police Officers

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Katie R. Foster

The jurisdictional limits of municipal police officers is a topic that is often speculated about, with little clarity as to whether or not the police officer from the next Town over may pull you over and cite you for a traffic violation.  As with many legal questions, the answer is not a simple yes or […]

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Residential Landlords: Beware the Untested Lease Template

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan Hunter

Landlords of commercial properties have a great deal of freedom in drafting their lease agreements.  Residential landlords do not have the same degree of latitude.  Maine, like other states, has enacted a number of laws designed to protect residential tenants from certain practices and arrangements that the legislature has determined to be unfair or abusive.   […]

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Seven Rudman Winchell Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers/Rising Stars

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Four Rudman Winchell Attorneys Selected as Super Lawyers Three Attorneys named Rising Stars Rudman Winchell, Counselors at Law in Bangor, Maine is proud to announce that David C. King, Frank T. McGuire, Edmond J. Bearor and Anne-Marie L. Storey have been recognized as New England Super Lawyers for 2017.  Attorneys Allison A. Economy, Jonathan P. […]

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A Cautionary Tale About the FMLA

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Anne-Marie L. Storey

This is a story about the potential consequences of not properly training supervisors as to FMLA rights and obligations.  It is a long and detailed story, but the details are necessary to understand how the court came to its decision.   It is also an important story because ultimately the court determined not only that the […]

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There Is No Such Thing As Custody In Maine

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Caitlyn Smith

There is a vast misunderstanding of the terms used when dealing with the rights of parents.  In Maine, the Family Court does not use the term “custody” and it hasn’t for a number of years.  The two major concepts that encapsulate that term are “parental rights and responsibilities” and “primary residence.” The phrase “parental rights […]

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Avoid Capital Gains Tax by Rethinking the Credit Shelter Trust

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Kristy Hapworth

Estate planning attorneys have traditionally employed a number of strategies designed to minimize or eliminate estate tax liability for their clients. While many of these strategies increased capital gains tax liability by forfeiting a basis step-up, with federal estate tax rates of up to 40%, capital gains tax was the preferable tax to pay. Changes […]

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