Preti Flaherty has a multi-state trust and estate practice focused on the legal and financial issues associated with individuals and families and the accumulation, conservation and transfer of wealth. We develop close relationships with our clients, taking the time to understand their goals and objectives and educate them about the various options before assisting with the implementation of their estate plan. When a trust or estate dispute arises, we draw on the substantive knowledge of our attorneys and the strength of the firm’s litigation practice group. We provide counsel and legal solutions for the full range of matters involved in trusts and estates. Our experience includes:

  • Estate planning
  • Wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and other family-controlled entities
  • Re-titling of assets
  • Retirement plan assets including IRAs, 401(k)s and qualified plans
  • Probate litigation
  • Representation of executors, personal representatives, trustees and beneficiaries
  • Contested trust and estate matters
  • Guardianship and conservatorship proceedings
  • Non-profit/charitable planning
  • Effective and efficient tax planning
  • Formation and operation of family foundations
  • Representation before the IRS, state revenue authorities and regulatory agencies

A wealth of experience in estate and trust administration

In addition to matters of planning and dispute resolution, our attorneys regularly advise and assist individual and professional fiduciaries with basic and complex legal and financial issues related to estate and trust administration. Our services include assisting with admission of decedent’s will to probate, identification and gathering of assets, representing the estate against legal actions such as third-party creditor claims, preparation of estate tax returns, the distribution of assets and obtaining the discharge of the fiduciary. We also advise trustees regarding legal issues associated with creation, operation and termination of a trust. As part of our services, we also prepare any fiduciary-related accountings and inventories.

Firm Highlights

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Fifteen Preti Flaherty Attorneys Selected as Chambers USA Leaders in Their Field

Fifteen Preti Flaherty attorneys and five practice groups have been selected for inclusion in the 2021 Chambers USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business , the highly regarded directory of leading attorneys and...

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How to Avoid Misclassifying Your Employees Under the Maine Workers’ Compensation Act

What criteria are necessary to classify someone as an independent contractor and how can employers avoid misclassification and the repercussions that come with it? In this article, Preti Flaherty attorney and Mainebiz guest columnist John...

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Preti Flaherty Attorneys Sig Schutz and Alex Harriman Assist with Amicus Brief in Defense of Maine's Anti-SLAPP Law

Serving as counsel for The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and 14 other news media organizations, Preti Flaherty attorneys Sigmund Schutz and Alexandra Harriman filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court a...

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Preti Flaherty Welcomes Attorneys Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce the arrival of two new attorneys to our Boston, Massachusetts, office: Angelica Li and Hannah M. Oakes. Angelica joins the firm as an Associate in our Environmental Practice...

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Maine Justice Foundation Makes Inaugural Grants to Six Maine Groups Working for Racial Justice and Equity

The Maine Justice Foundation has made inaugural grants from its Racial Justice Fund to six Maine groups. The goal of the Fund is to support Black, Indigenous, and People of Color statewide to forge...

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Escalation Clause: An escape from the price-spike trap

Anyone in real estate development would have to be living under a rock not to know about skyrocketing lumber and material prices in the “post”-pandemic world. Pre-pandemic, the average cost for 1,000 board feet...

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Maine’s Exemption Laws Are Changing

In March of this year, Representative Denise Tepler (D. Topsham) introduced “An Act To Increase the Value of Property Exempt from Attachment and Execution,” LD 737, which sought to dramatically change Maine’s exemption scheme. ...

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Benchmark Litigation Names Preti Flaherty 2021 “Maine Firm of the Year”

Benchmark Litigation has named Preti Flaherty as 2021 Litigation Firm of the Year in the State of Maine. The Benchmark Awards honor distinguished litigators and law firms in all 50 states and 10 practice...

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Legislative Alert: Maine Legislature Adjourns!

The First Special Session of the 130 th Legislature finally adjourned on Monday night, July 19 th . As many of you may remember, the First Regular Session ended in March 30th when the...

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The Latest from OSHA on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 at Work

On the tails of updated guidance from other agencies, the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration ("OSHA") released new pandemic-related guidance last month. This guidance was issued on June 10, 2021...