We are happy to announce that we have resumed pre-COVID office operations and are meeting with clients in person once again. Our office staff has been vaccinated. For those who are still practicing distancing precautions, we are available via Zoom as well.
New Attorney Announcement!
We are pleased to welcome
Attorney Michael Cahill
to our firm!
We will have a formal biography forthcoming in our July newsletter.
Updates in Estate Planning and Elder Law
Take PRIDE in your Estate Plan
is recognized in June. It honors the Stonewall Riots that took place at the Stonewall Inn in New York, NY to protest police persecution and harassment that commonly occurred against LGBTQ+ people. This riot ushered in the movement to outlaw discriminatory laws and practices against the LGBTQ+ community.
It is important to have your estate planning documents in place as a same-sex couple to ensure that one partner is protected should the other pass away.
The Difference Between Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia
June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awareness Month. Many people use the terms Alzheimer’s disease and dementia interchangeably, but they have very different meanings. Although dementia is a group of symptoms that include memory loss, the term itself doesn’t explain what is causing the symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease is the leading cause of dementia, but there are many other causes.
Limited-Time Free Virtual Meet & Greet Sessions Continue in July and August
Reserve Your Free
Virtual Meet & Greet Session with
Smilie G. Rogers, Esq.,
Mary Kathryn Brennan, Esq.
Allow us to introduce you to ourselves and the basic concepts surrounding estate planning. Learn more about Revocable Trusts (“Living Trusts”), Transfer on Death Deeds (aka TODD, which you can also read about in Smilie’s Blog), Advance Healthcare Directives, Powers of Attorney, Wills, and their importance under normal circumstances, but more so now during the pandemic.
*During a Virtual Meet & Greet, our lawyers cannot give specific legal answers or advice, and sessions shall not constitute the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Sessions last for thirty (30) minutes.
At A Place to Start, you are treated like family because it all began with family.
When you walk into this room, you get the feeling of walking into a comfortable living room because when it comes to Alzheimer's, comfort and familiarity are what keep a person stable. A Place to Start is the conception of Sally Tartre and her two sisters as a way to honor their mother who Connie who passed away in December of 2011.
Has your loved one been diagnosed with Alzheimer's? If so we can help. We’ve been there. Located in downtown Kennebunk, A Place to Start is dedicated to the guidance and support of caregivers for Alzheimer's.
The journey of the caregiver can be arduous and lonely. We will sit with you and listen to your story. Sharing with someone who understands is important. It can offer a glimmer of hope that you will not be alone in your efforts.
Monthly programming includes luncheons, music, guest speakers, etc. All of their services are provided free of charge. Mary Kathryn spoke to their guests on January 6, 2020, about the importance of Estate Planning with an Alzheimer's diagnosis.
Please give us a call…. You don’t have to go it alone.
Governor Mills Announces State of Civil Emergency To End June 30, 2021
Governor Mills announced on June 11, 2021: “Today, we take another important step forward in our return to normal,” said Governor Janet Mills. “After fifteen long, difficult months, ending the State of Civil Emergency is a welcome milestone that reflects the progress Maine has made in getting people vaccinated, reducing the spread of the virus, and getting back to normal. Maine people have persevered, and, although challenges remain, we will get through them together just as we did this past year. I congratulate and thank Maine people for all they have done to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their fellow citizens.”
Kennebunk, Maine is staffed for scheduled appointments made through the York office only *
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