Brian L. Champion is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and the District of Columbia in Washington D.C. He is also admitted to The First Circuit Court of Appeals and The United States Supreme Court.
Wills, Trusts, Estates and Probate: Mr. Champion believes that the caring for one’s family and loved ones begins with careful and thoughtful planning of one’s estate. Besides planning for one’s death, careful planning includes advanced preparation for periods of potential incapacity, whether caused by an accident, disease or illness. The best way for one to do so is to have in place, at a minimum, a will, a durable power of attorney and a health care directive or proxy. Mr. Champion works with clients personally to understand their concerns, thoughts and desires. He works together with his clients to prepare the necessary and appropriate documents, usually on a modest flat fee basis, so that the client and their families are prepared to meet life’s challenges. Mr. Champion will meet with clients in the office or, if that is not possible, he will meet with clients in their homes or assisted living or nursing home facilities.
When necessary, Mr. Champion represents individuals, trustees, and beneficiaries in Probate Court litigation matters. These can involve establishing a guardianship and conservatorship for a loved one, enforcing a trust, or defending against a challenge to a trustee, personal representative, or the contesting of a will.
Mr. Champion is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He advises seniors and those assisting seniors in the making of important life decisions such as: delegating decision-making authority through the use of durable powers of attorney, trusts, conservatorships and guardianships. He also develops estate planning designed specifically for seniors, using wills, trusts, healthcare directives and proxies. Mr. Champion also assists in answering questions regarding the rights of seniors living in assisted living and nursing home residences. He will also assess issues regarding potential senior and elder abuse, whether it is physical, emotional or financial in nature. He is also a member of the Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine Trust & Estate Bar Sections.
Family Law: All family matters, whether they involve wills, trusts, or probate issues are emotionally difficult for families. One of the greatest emotional challenges in life is dealing with divorce or post-divorce issues. Mr. Champion understands these challenges and works with his clients to represent them and guide them through this most difficult time in their lives. Whether one is contemplating a divorce, finds themselves being brought into a divorce, or has to deal with post-divorce issues, Mr. Champion will work closely with his clients to navigate through all of the issues and the court process, including mediation or trial if necessary. He also works with clients to prepare and negotiate prenuptial agreements.
Mr. Champion is a contributing author to a legal treatise on divorce in Maine: “A Practical Guide to Divorce in Maine,” MCLE New England (1st Ed 2016). Mr. Champion is member of the Family Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association.
Employment Law: Mr. Champion defends management’s rights with passion and determination when allegations involve issues such as ADEA, ADA, FMLA, Title VII, and retaliation matters, as well as alleged breach of contract cases. He represents his clients in all aspects of negotiation, mediation, union contract negotiations and disputes, and in hearings and trials at all agency and state and federal court levels. His clients range from Fortune 500 Companies to newly formed high-tech small entrepreneurs to physicians.
Mr. Champion works with companies and individual executives in the negotiating and preparing of employment contracts and severance agreements.
He has represented clients in both a regional New England and national presence, appearing before administrative agencies, Human Rights Commissions, the EEOC, the Departments of Labor, and various courts throughout Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Wisconsin, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Texas.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Author, “Don’t Let the Tail of the Increased Federal Exemption Wag the Estate Planning Dog,” New Hampshire Bar News, Vol 28, No. 10 (March 2018)
- Lecturer, “Estate Planning and Administration – Probate Process,” NBI Seminar, Portland, ME (December 2017)
- Author, “Longer Living Seniors Means Thoughtful Planning Now!” (May 2016)
- Author, “Separation Agreements,” Chapter 9 in A Practical Guide to Divorce in Maine (2016), published by MCLE New England.
- Lecturer, “Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets – Ethical Considerations,” NBI Seminar, Portland, ME (December 2015).
- Lecturer, “Privacy and Data Security,” Maine State Bar Association Summer Meeting (June 2014).
- Author, “Employees Who “Bring Their Own Device” to Work” (BYOD)” (March 2014).
- Author, “How to Manage Competing Viewpoints as a Business Litigator,” New Hampshire Bar News, Vol. 24, No. 7 (December 2013).
- Lecturer, “Hiring and Firing – Your Best Day and Worst Day at Work,” Portsmouth, NH (2013).
Maine Bar Association
Fellow, Maine Bar Foundation
New Hampshire Bar Association
New Hampshire Bar Association, Trust & Estate Section
Massachusetts Bar Association
Boston Bar Association
District of Columbia Bar Association
National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
New Hampshire Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, New Hampshire
University of Maine, with Distinction and with Honors (B. A.)
University of New Hampshire School of Law (J. D.)
COMMUNITY PUBLIC SERVICE
Former Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors, Kennebunk Land Trust
Former member of the Board of Trustees, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maine Chapter
Organizer of the MS Harborfest Sailing Regatta, Tugboat and Lobster Boat Races, and charity events, Casco Bay, Maine
Sponsor, Mary’s Walk, Maine Cancer Foundation
Marion Austin Barrows Memorial Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maine Chapter
Exceptional Service Award, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maine Chapter
Fellow Maine Bar Foundation