The Forgotten Step in Estate Planning: Beneficiary Designations

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Rachel Trafton

Individuals often believe that a last will and testament is sufficient estate planning. However, a complete estate plan includes a last will and testament and planning for incapacity with a financial power of attorney and an advance health care directive. In some cases, a revocable living trust will also be included in the estate plan. […]

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New IRS Rules Regarding Partnership Audits (including LLCs), Part I

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan P. Bench

This blog will be part one of three regarding the new IRS BBA Rules regarding partnership audits that went into effect on January 1, 2018. Background: For over 35 years the IRS has wrestled with effectively auditing partnerships and their partners (including LLCs and their members, once LLCs began being widely used in the 1990s). […]

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Ensuring Compliance with Harassment Training Obligations

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Anne-Marie Storey

The national attention given recently to sexual harassment serves as a good reminder to Maine employers of their obligations to employees in this context. In addition, the first of a new year is always a good time to renew a commitment to a harassment free workplace and ensure compliance with training requirements. In terms of […]

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U.S. Department of Labor’s OSHA Extends Compliance Date for Electronically Submitting Injury, Illness Reports to December 15, 2017

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Frank T. McGuire

To allow affected employers additional time to become familiar with a new electronic reporting system launched on August 1, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced on November 22, 2017, that it has extended the  date by which employers must electronically report injury and illness data through the Injury Tracking Application (ITA) […]

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Minimum Salary Level for Maine Exempt Employees Rises To $30,000 per Year, or $576.93 per Week, Effective on January 1, 2018

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Frank T. McGuire

Referendum Question 4, approved by Maine voters in November, 2016, raised the Maine minimum wage to $9.00 per hour, effective on January 7, 2017, and to $10.00 per hour effective as of January 1, 2018, with more annual increases in later years. A consequence of that change was that the minimum salary in Maine for […]

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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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