Category: Attorney Blog

Achieving Better Life Experience

Do I have to spend down my entire settlement or inheritance to be able to keep my Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? No! There is a new savings tool available to individuals with disabilities called the ABLE account. ABLE stands for Achieving a Better Life Experience. This Act was passed in December 2014, and it allows …

Read More

6 Estate Planning Facts You Need To Know

While estate planning is a personalized process that is impacted by each individual’s unique family and financial circumstances, there are some questions that estate planners are asked, again and again, by a majority of our clients. Here are some of the questions I hear most often: Will my estate need to go through probate after …

Read More

WHAT IS TITLE INSURANCE AND WHY DO I NEED IT?

WHAT IS TITLE INSURANCE AND WHY DO I NEED IT? Title insurance protects you from defects and problems with the title to your property that are not apparent from the public records. The cost of title insurance is based on the amount you pay for the property. Although typically purchased at the same time as …

Read More

Are You Prepared for the New Employment-Related Legislation?

By Anne-Marie L. Storey, Esq. Employers should have their calendars marked for Thursday, September 19, 2019 as the day on which nonemergency laws passed in the First Regular Session of the 129th Legislature become effective. In our recent Lunch and Learn sessions discussing the legislation, we recommended that employers review existing application forms as well …

Read More

Beginners Guide to Police Questioning

Do I have to talk to the police? NO! You have an absolute RIGHT to remain silent. We have all seen this trick play out on television or in a movie.  The cop turns to the suspect and says, “it will be much better for you, if you work with us…” or “I am not …

Read More

THREE COMMON MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT OUIs

It’s January 99th in Bangor, Maine. You’re driving on Stillwater Avenue feeling like Han Solo the way you’re navigating those potholes. A little to the left! A little to the right! Entirely in the oncoming lane! You’re wondering where you can buy a set of Corellian Spike dice to hang from your rearview because this …

Read More

Recent DOL Opinion Letters Provide Guidance on Wage and Hour Issues

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (the “WHD”) issued three new opinion letters under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”), Op. Letters FLSA2019-7, -8, and -9, each dated July 1, 2019.  Each Opinion Letter is heavily dependent on the very specific facts presented for consideration in it, and two …

Read More

Maine Enacts New Law Regarding Noncompetition Agreements

On June 28, 2019, Governor Mills signed L.D. 733, entitled “An Act to Promote Keeping Workers in Maine” (the “Act”) into law.  The Act will impose some significant new restrictions on noncompetition agreements in Maine. Which types of agreements are subject to the Act? As a threshold matter, the Act defines a noncompetition agreement as …

Read More

More New Employment-Related Legislation: Pregnancy and Noncompete Agreements

As an update to the Lunch and Learn last week, two additional pieces of legislation have been enacted. The first, LD 666:  An Act to Protect Pregnant Workers, amends the Maine Human Rights Act to add a section requiring accommodation for pregnancy-related conditions, which is defined as a “known limitation of an employee’s ability to …

Read More

What is a Motion to Suppress Evidence?

Prior to February, when we heard the name Robert Kraft, we pictured those six Super Bowl rings. Our minds ticked through all of the New England Patriots’ successes. More recently, the media has focused on Kraft’s significant success in the courtroom. In February 2019, Robert Kraft was charged with a misdemeanor of soliciting prostitution in Jupiter, …

Read More