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Trust Attorneys Saco ME

Setting up a trust on your will is a complicated matter that should be handled with the help of an estate planning and trust attorney. Make it easy on your trust beneficiaries and take care of your estate planning ahead of time. An experienced trust attorney can help you save on estate tax. Please scroll down to learn more and get access to the estate planning and trust attorneys in Saco, ME listed below.

Peter L Edmands
(207) 284-4581
PO Box 468
Biddeford, ME
Specialties
Business, Estate Planning, Probate, Real Estate
Education
Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson School of Law,Franklin & Marshall College
State Licensing
Maine

Alan E Shepard
(207) 985-2291
93 Main Street
Kennebunk, ME
Specialties
Real Estate, Family, Personal Injury, State, Local And Municipal Law, Probate
Education
University of Maine School of Law,University of Massachusetts
State Licensing
Maine

Earle J. Patterson III
(207) 985-7000
Bergen & Parkinson Llc, 62 Portland Road
Kennebunk, ME
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate
Education
University of Pennsylvania Law School,Dartmouth College
State Licensing
Maine, Pennsylvania

Bruce M Read
(207) 985-2291
93 Main Street
Kennebunk, ME
Specialties
Real Estate, Business, Family, Banking, Probate
Education
Vermont Law School,Colgate University
State Licensing
Maine

G Charles Shumway II
(207) 773-0275
257 Deering Avenue
Portland, ME
Specialties
Business, Real Estate, Estate Planning, Probate
Education
Wayne State University Law School,Bowling Green State University
State Licensing
Maine

Bruce W. Bergen
(207) 985-7000
62 Portland Road, Suite 25
Kennebunk, ME
Specialties
Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Estate Planning, Probate, Business
Education
Boston University School of Law,Cornell University
State Licensing
Maine

Milda A. Castner
(207) 985-7000
62 Portland Road, Suite 25
Kennebunk, ME
Specialties
Estate Planning, Probate, Elder Law
Education
Cornell Law School,Mount Holyoke College
State Licensing
Maine

William John Smyth
(207) 967-0399
Smyth & Associates Pa, Po Box 1010
Kennebunk, ME
 
Robert M. Raftice Jr.
(207) 767-4824
PO Box 2410
South Portland, ME
Specialties
Litigation, Probate, Bankruptcy, Criminal Defense, Elder Law
Education
University of Maine School of Law,University of Southern Maine
State Licensing
Maine

Paul E. Thelin
(207) 767-4824
PO Box 2412
South Portland, ME
Specialties
Real Estate, Litigation, Foreclosure, Probate
Education
University of Maine School of Law,Randolph-Macon College
State Licensing
Maine

Trust

Q: I have created and revised my wills in the past. The issue is that, as a single person, I'm having trouble finding an executor for my will. I don't trust my sister to carry out my instructions and, sadly, I also don't believe my parents would be good either. Other than friends, are there any other options for establishing an executor for your will? I want to make sure I get someone who will carry out my instructions without bias, self-interest, greed or questions. If there aren't any options, what would you suggest given the scenario?

 

I commend you for your foresight in both creating and updating your will. Your advance planning now will likely save your intended beneficiaries time, confusion and angst in the future. As you believe your sister or parents might not be appropriate executors for your will, you still need to choose someone whom you can trust to carry out your wishes. I recommend making sure your selection is amenable to the designation in advance, as this can be a time consuming responsibility.

You have ruled out friends and business associates, so I suggest a reputable lawyer or accountant would be the best solution for you. If your will is complex, there is the added benefit of those professionals’ familiarity with tax, probate and business administration issues. As you are aware, the executor must satisfy any debts owing from your estate, administer appropriate tax filings and estate returns and ensure that your asset distribution plan is followed to the extent most feasible. And while a family member might agree to administer your estate without taking a fee, an executor, in particular when a professional is so designated, is entitled to and will expect to be paid for their services. I suggest you address the parameters of that compensation at the time the executor is designated.

If you still want someone closer to you involved, you can designate co-executors (such as your family member/friend/business associate) and the lawyer/accountant. Finally, I also suggest choosing an alternate executor so that your probate can proceed more smoothly in the event your original executor appointment (if not co-executors) is unable to act as an executor at your death. While a probate court in the absence of an executor may choose an administrator for your estate, this of course lessens your control over ensuring that your wishes are followed as closely as possible.

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DISCLAIMER: This publication is distributed with the understanding that it does not constitute legal advice or establish an attorney/client relationship by way of any information contained herein. The information provided is for general purposes only, as readers are advised to consult with a qualified lawyer regarding the specifics of their particular circumstances.


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