Category: Individual & Family Law

MAINE’S SPOUSAL SUPPORT LAW BECOMES EVEN MORE UNCERTAIN

By: Rudman Winchell Attorney Anthony A. Trask Some time ago I wrote about the Maine spousal support statute, offering my analysis of the basics of the law and explaining how difficult it is to predict whether a divorcing spouse will be required to pay the other spousal support, also known as alimony, and if so, …

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Saving The Family Camp

BY: Rudman Winchell Attorney Tracy J. Roberts With the seasons changing and Fall upon us, many people are thinking of closing up their camps and preparing them for winter. If you own a camp, or any vacation property for that matter, you likely reminisce about the summer and the family activities that took place while …

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What Is a Guardian Ad Litem and Why Might I Need One?

By: Rudman Winchell Attorney Anthony Trask Lawyers are notorious for using language that only other lawyers understand. “Guardian ad litem” is precisely such a term that comes up frequently in the family law arena. Most people are familiar with the word guardian, i.e. someone legally responsible for and with authority to make decisions for another …

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The Fall of “DOMA”—New Planning Opportunities For Same Sex Couples

By: Rudman Winchell Attorney Tracy Roberts  On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued the groundbreaking opinion regarding same-sex marriage in U.S. v. Windsor. Windsor was an estate tax case at its core involving a significant tax benefit married couples call the marital deduction. Prior to the decision in Windsor, same …

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Interest-Free Loans to Family and Friends? Not so Fast Says the IRS

By: Rudman Winchell Attorney Jonathan Bench April brings flowers, showers and the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) to mind, and you may mull over what could have been done differently in 2012 to reduce your tax liability.  If your accountant mentioned the words “imputed income,” you may have worked out a new meaning for the acronym …

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