Rudman Winchell is pleased to announce Sarah K. Barr

By Rudman Winchell Attorney

Rudman Winchell is pleased to announce that Sarah K. Barr, Esq., has joined the firm. Sarah will practice with the Maine Elder Law Firm in the areas of estate planning, long-term care planning and asset protection, guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, estate, trust and probate administration, and special needs planning. Sarah is excited to be a […]

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Which Type of Business Entity is Best for me? Part One

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Katelynn Ronan

In this two-part series, we’ll discuss the differences in the following business entities: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, and Limited Liability Company. Congratulations! You want to start a business. You’ve perfected a million dollar idea and are excited to hit the ground running. You’ve fine tuned your process, know who your target market is, and maybe even […]

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Your Appeals Questions, Answered Part II

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan Hunter

The trial court has entered judgment in your case. Now what? This series of articles will examine some common questions on appeals to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court (or Law Court) in civil cases. How Much Time do I Have to File an Appeal? An appeal must be filed within 21 days after the entry of […]

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Is That Pot Shop Legal: Maine Municipalities Wrestle with Whether to “Opt in” to Marijuana

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Stephen Wagner

As a municipal attorney in Maine, I can never predict what new legal challenge one of our many municipal clients will call about next. This is one of my favorite parts about my job. I say hardly because there is one topic that has come up very frequently over the past several months—marijuana. Given the […]

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Can Municipalities Make a Profit From Tax Lien Sales?

Can a Municipality Make a Profit by Selling my Property After a Tax Lien Foreclosure? Prior to 2015, the answer was always yes. Regardless of the amount received at the sale, any proceeds on properties sold in a tax lien foreclosure belonged to the municipality. If your outstanding taxes and fees were $5,000 and the […]

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Medicaid Estate Recovery: Will the State Take my House?

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Rachel Trafton

There is a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding estate recovery and the Maine Medicaid (MaineCare) long-term care benefit. One of the biggest fears we hear from aging Mainers is, “I don’t want the State to take my house.” That only happens in the context of a process called estate recovery. Estate recovery can only […]

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Your Appeals Questions, Answered

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan Hunter

The trial court has entered judgment in your case. Now what? This series of articles will examine some common questions on appeals to Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court (or Law Court) in civil cases. What is the Law Court? Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court is the highest court in the state judicial system. Seven judged (called justices) […]

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Does my Child Need a Guardian ad Litem?

Are you going through a divorce in which child custody is an issue? Perhaps you’re not married, but are in a custody dispute with your child’s other parent? If so, you should consider seeking the appointment of a guardian at litem (GAL) for your child. What is a Guardian ad Litem? A guardian ad litem […]

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Use Common “Scents” on Valentine’s Day, or, Why Don’t You Send Me Flowers Anymore

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Anne-Marie L. Storey

All employers should be well aware of the dangers of expressing amorous feelings in the workplace and Valentine’s Day is no exception.  However, the dangers don’t end there.  Many employees receive flowers on this holiday – trust your lawyer to find something negative about some colorful flowers to brighten your workplace.  A scent allergy can […]

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FMLA Considerations for the New Year

By Rudman Winchell Attorney Anne-Marie L. Storey

As a new year is beginning, employers covered by the federal Family Medical Leave Act are reminded to assess the way in which the leave is applied.   This is particularly important for employers who use the calendar year method, since under that method an employee’s entitlement to FMLA will start over again as of January […]

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