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I enjoy helping clients with estate planning, probate administration of estates, and small business formation. Let me help you and your family plan for the years ahead.
- Elder Law
- Estate Planning
- Business Law
- Landlord Tenant
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- 1st Circuit
- Eccher Law, LLC
- - Current
- Assistant Attorney General
- Maine Office of the Attorney General
- HHS Division
- Associate Attorney
- Weeks & Hutchins, LLC
- University of Maine - School of Law
- J.D. / Law (2014)
- Honors: Pro Bono Publico Award
- Activities: MAPIL, Health Law Association
- Boston University
- MPH / Epidemiology and Biostatistics (1999)
- Vassar College
- B.A. / Biology (1996)
- Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
- Activities: College Choir and Madrigal Singers
- Katahdin Counsel
- Maine Supreme Judicial Court
- Pro Bono Publico
- University of Maine School of Law
- American Bar Association
- - Current
- Maine State Bar Association
- - Current
Websites & Blogs
- Dan the Estate Planning Man
- What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than Estate Planning?
11 February 2017
- Special Needs Trusts
2 November 2016
- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
13 October 2016
3 Questions Answered
- Q. I probated my mom's will 5 months ago. My sister's lawyer asked for a detailed list of my mom's Estate.
- A: This question appears to be incomplete, because it lacks a final punctuation mark, but I will answer that generally, the personal representative of an estate is required by statute to "... file or furnish an inventory of property owned by the decedent at the time of his death ...." (This statutory section can be found in its entirety at http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/statutes/18-A/title18-Asec3-706.html.) If you have not already done so, you probably need to do so soon. You may want to hire a lawyer who practices in Maine Probate Courts to see if there are other duties and deadlines about which you don't already know.
- Q. Estate issue with two parents (Dad/Stepmom) who died without wills.
- A: Assuming everything you have written above is correct, then I do not see any conflict. You all seem to be in agreement that the property should go to your step-mother's children. The only concern I would have is if you or your siblings do not understand whatever document you are asked to sign. If so, you should have a Maine-licensed attorney review it with you. If it is legitimate and effective, then once you have signed it, you should not have any further "legal or financial responsibilities in relation to the property."
- Q. How can I structure if so my girlfriend can continue living in my house when I die, but my kids get the house as a part
- A: It would be best to talk to an estate planning lawyer about your specific situation, but the short answer is that you could leave your girlfriend a "life estate" in the house in a will (or codicil to an existing will), with the remainder going to your children. The life estate would mean she would have use of the house for the rest of her life, but your children would have a "future interest." Another option would be to set up a trust, where the house could be held in trust for your girlfriend's benefit.
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