I have a varied law practice focused primarily on Estate Planning and Probate matters, Auto Accident and Injury matters and Social Security Disability and SSI claims and appeals.
In my Estate Planning practice, I work primarily with clients who have achieved success in their career or profession and are interested in planning ahead for the day when they may no longer be able to take care of their own affairs. These clients are also concerned about what will happen to their property when they pass away. My work in estate planning is to listen to my clients concerns, and draft an estate plan that takes all of those factors into account, including making sure that my client's hard-earned assets are passed on to whom they want, when they want, and on their own terms. A parallel goal of estate planning is to preserve as much of my client's estate as possible by planning to reduce exposure to taxes and costly court administration.
In my Auto Accidnet and Social Security practices, I work primarily with clients who have been injured or hurt, and who often do not know the next steps to take. In my Auto Accident practice, clients usually call wondering about how they are going to pay their hospital or medical bill, and wonder what they will do if the injury prevents them from returning to work. My goal in injury cases is to put my client's minds at ease by taking on the burden of dealing with the insurance companies on behalf of my clients, and making sure that they obtain a fair settlement. Similarly, in my Social Security practice, I actively participate in cutting through the government red tape in order to ensure that my client's case is heard and decided at the earliest possible opportunity.
I am a Bangor area native who was raised in Penobscot and Hancock Counties. I earned my undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Orono, and my Juris Doctor degree from Western Michigan University's Thomas M. Cooley Law School. I am admitted to practice in all Maine courts. I am also involved in my community, having served on the R.S.U. #26 Board of Directors, and having served on the Veazie Community School Board. I also served on the City of Bangor Board of Appeals, serving as its secretary and as its vice -chairman.