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.
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- Port City Legal, LLC
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- University of Maine - School of Law
- Honors: Cum Laude
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- Fordham University
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- 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
- Q. My dog bit my wife when I had my children and the Mom is refusing my visitation because of it. What can I do?
- A: As always, if you have court-ordered rights to visitation and your co-parent is getting in the way of that happening, you can simply take her back to court on a motion to enforce or a motion for contempt. If this is a persistent thing, or part of a larger co-parenting problem, you may wish to consider getting a new order by way of a motion to modify. That said, it sounds like your children's mom is pretty freaked out by an incident that directly involves your children's environment. I think working with her and your current wife to develop a plan to not let the kids be in danger of a dog bite makes sense. This is a learning moment for all involved, eh? Even the puppy! Best of luck. - Joe