Category: Attorney Blog

Ensuring a “Healthy Workplace” for 2020

By Anne-Marie L. Storey, Esq. There are many ways to interpret “workplace health”.   The first is to ensure that basic policies, training, education, etc. are in place and working effectively.   This may include the need for an audit of the workplace, including the handbook and postings.   Each new year is a good time to review …

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Reminder of Overtime Changes as of January 1

As of January 1, Maine’s minimum wage will increase from $11 to $12/hour.  That means the state minimum salary for exemption from overtime eligibility will increase from $33,000 to $36,000 per year, which translates to a minimum salary of $692.31 per week.   This is the amount employees in Maine will have to be paid to …

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Charitable Solicitations Act: Why You May Need a License to Accept Donations

It may come as a surprise to some, but Maine, like many other states, requires charitable organizations to obtain a charitable solicitation license from the state before soliciting donations within Maine. The Maine Charitable Solicitations Act (CSA), 9 M.R.S. §§ 5001-5018, regulates “charitable organizations,” which are broadly defined to include entities that hold themselves out …

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Planning for Success: Gathering Your Team and Your Ideas

When should I retain an attorney? This is a question with a specific answer for each entity. Some people like to come visit us before their company is off the ground and we help them legally form their entity and get things legally set up and squared away. Others prefer to form their entity on …

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Why do I Need a Business Attorney?

You’ve been told you need an attorney. On top of everything else you are currently worried about, now you are wondering, “do I really need an attorney in order to start my business?” The answer to this question is simple: no, you do not need an attorney to start a business. However, an attorney can …

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FIFTEEN MYTHS REGARDING MEDICAID NURSING HOME BENEFITS IN MAINE MYTH 2

This series highlights the eligibility rules for Maine Medicaid (MaineCare) nursing home benefits and dispels certain myths the families that work with our office often hear. Myth 2: I Have to Give Away Everything I Own to Get Medicaid. The Truth: Certain assets are non-countable or exempt and are typically not considered when an individual …

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FIFTEEN MYTHS REGARDING MEDICAID NURSING HOME BENEFITS IN MAINE

This series highlights the eligibility rules for Maine Medicaid (MaineCare) nursing home benefits and dispels certain myths the families that work with our office often hear. Myth1: Medicare Will Cover My Nursing Home Bill. The Truth: Medicare pays for only a small amount of the nursing home care provided in the United States. In general, …

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I’ve Been Served With Divorce Papers: Now What?

Your spouse has filed for divorce and you’re wondering what to do next. A divorce starts when one party files and serves the other party with a complaint for divorce, summons, and preliminary injunction. All of this can be confusing, particularly when dealing with emotional stress on top of legal jargon. With that said, understanding …

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