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Joe Lewis

Joe Lewis

Port City Legal, LLC
  • Appeals & Appellate, Divorce, Estate Planning ...
  • Maine
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Biography

I graduated with honors from The University of Maine School of Law. My practice focuses primarily on three areas: Family Law, Estate Planning, and Appeals. I set up Port City Legal with the idea that a small law firm effectively serving the regular legal needs of regular people with intelligence ~and~ compassion could do very nicely here in Portland, ME. Six years later, the idea has proved true. Along the way, I have enjoyed many successes both in and out of the courtroom. My client reviews have been excellent. I've won five of the seven appeals I've handled before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Most importantly, I've repaid the faith my clients have placed in me with solid results. I hope you'll consider contacting me when you need help with a family matter or estate planning.

Practice Areas
    Appeals & Appellate
    Civil Appeals, Federal Appeals
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Fees
  • Free Consultation
    In-person or on the phone, up to 30 minutes or so.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    I accept Visa, MC, and Amex
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Current billing rate is $300 per hour, and a retainer is required.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maine
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Professional Experience
Owner
Port City Legal, LLC
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Education
University of Maine - School of Law
J.D.
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Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Class Graduation Speaker
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Fordham University
B.A. | History, Political Science
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Professional Associations
Maine State Bar Association
Member
- Current
Activities: Board of Directors, New Lawyers Section
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Websites & Blogs
Website
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Legal Answers
15 Questions Answered
Q. If I request for a lawyer in family court in Maine, can a judge tell me " You're not getting one"?
A: Hi there. If it is truly a family court case (district court, FM docket number, title 19-A) then the judge is telling you a truth, however rudely he or she said it. There is no provision under Maine law for a party to get a free or court-appointed lawyer. If you are needing help with your family law case and cannot afford an attorney, you should try contacting the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, or the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic. Each of these organizations provide such services, but bear in mind that each is overwhelmed with demand and might not easily be able to add you to their client list. Best of luck to you. - Joe
Q. I am located in Maine my ex is willing to sign rights over to my son to my fiancé Do we have to be married first?
A: Congratulations on your impending life events! Maine has no requirement for adoptive parents to be married. The situation you describe is a classic set-up for what we call a "consented-to adoption." Your fiance will need to file an adoption petition at the county probate court. Along the way, your ex will have the opportunity to indicate that he or she consents to the adoption. (Your ex will have to participate at the short final hearing. This will be by zoom or google meet or in person depending on the courthouse and the timing.) If you get a lawyer's help with all of this, you can expect to pay $1500 - $2000. Best of luck!
Q. I have a question about adoption, specifically about how it is portrayed in TV shows.
A: Hi there. Maine law only makes provisions for adopting a son or a daughter. So those other terms, while lovely and embracing, have no legal meaning. Cheers! - Joe
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Contact & Map
Port City Legal
10 Moulton Street
4th Floor
Portland, ME 04101
Telephone: (207) 210-6559