Posts Categorized: Announcements

Reflecting on your estate plan for the coming new year

In Maine significant changes will occur in 2016.  Namely, the Maine Estate Tax Exemption amount will increase to match the federal amount, which is currently $5.43 million for each spouse. Therefore, individuals who die after January 1, 2016 will be able to use the $5.4 million exception amount when considering estate tax liability at both… Read more »

Tax things you should know

The best way to save income tax is to contribute the maximum allowable amount to your employer’s retirement program. Check with your plan administrator before year end to see if you are eligible to make contributions prior to the end of the year. If you do not have an employer program, you may be eligible… Read more »

New laws affecting Maine employers become effective on October 15, 2015

Several new laws of interest to Maine employers went into effect on October 15, 2015. These laws increase penalties for employers who do not provide leave to employees who have been the victim of violence, limit an employer’s ability to access private social media information, provide increased access to wage information to creditors of certain… Read more »

Tyler Smith and Tara Rich honored as “Rising Stars” by Super Lawyers

Tyler J. Smith and Tara A. Rich – both associate attorneys at Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC – have been honored as Rising Stars by Super Lawyers, a respected peer review attorney rating service.  Recognition by Super Lawyers is the culmination of a multi-phase selection process that includes peer nominations, independent research, and peer evaluations. The… Read more »

Gene Libby recognized by Best Lawyers for family law and criminal defense work

Gene R. Libby was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Gene was specifically recognized for his work in the areas of family law and criminal defense, both white collar and non-white collar.  In addition, Gene was named the Best Lawyers’  2016 Portland, Maine “Lawyer of the Year” in… Read more »

Court rejects legal challenge to NLRB “Ambush Election” rule

In April 2015, the National Labor Relations Board’s “ambush election” rule became effective, shortening the time between a union’s request for an election and the election itself to just two weeks.  The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a legal challenge to the rule. The lawsuit argued that that the new rule… Read more »

Maine Estate Tax Update

On June 30, 2015 the Maine Legislature voted to override Governor LePage’s veto of the State Budget, which means the proposed Budget became law.   Among the changes to Maine law as a result of the veto override was a change to the Maine Estate Tax Law, codified as 36 M.R.S.A. §§ 4101-4118, which is set… Read more »

Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC selected by U.S. News & World Report for “Best Law Firms 2015 – Maine”

Libby O’Brien Kingsley & Champion, LLC has been recently honored with a recognition by U.S. News & World Report  in its selection of “Best Law Firms 2015 – Maine.”   Selection is based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.   Clients were… Read more »