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Maine Redefines How You Become a Parent (Legally)

The Maine Legislature has created a new law, becoming effective in July 2016, that redefines how a person becomes a parent, legally speaking. The new law is a drastic departure from existing Maine law and it creates several “new” ways that a person could become a legal parent of a child. There are many ways… Read more »

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 »

Use of experts in divorce litigation

Divorces, like general civil litigation, involve the use of experts in a variety of areas. The two principle issues in any divorce involve parental rights and responsibilities with respect to minor children and the identification and valuation of marital property. Expert testimony can be utilized to establish a variety of facts with respect to the… 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 »

Maine Supreme Judicial Court rules that defamation case brought by Firm’s clients may move forward

Gene Libby and Tyler Smith successfully defended an appeal filed by a defendant in a defamation case. The defendant moved to have the case dismissed under the Maine anti-SLAPP statute, 14 M.R.S. § 556. The statute requires that the motion be filed within 60 days of the service of the complaint, and the defendant here… Read more »

Appeal of Maine criminal cases to be considered by U.S. Supreme Court

On October 30, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari (Voisine, et al., v. United States, U.S. Supreme Court, No. 14-10154 )to two petitioners who have been convicted in the State of Maine for charges of misdemeanor domestic violence.  More plainly stated this means that the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to review… 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 »