Biography

Kurt focuses his practice in all aspects of estate planning, probate administration, and trust administration as well as tax planning and charitable gift planning for individuals and nonprofit entities.

Kurt serves on the planned giving committees of numerous charitable organizations and is a frequent speaker on estate planning topics. Kurt served on the Maine Bar Association's Uniform Trust Committee in its efforts to review and update Maine's law governing trust administration. He served as the Chair of Verrill's Private Clients Group for more than 10 years.

Kurt has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Maine School of Law  (J.D.)
  • Williams College  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Chair, Board of Trustees (2006-present)
  • Eckerd College, Board of Trustees (elected 2019)
  • Past Secretary, Board of Trustees, Maine Medical Center
  • Past Trustee, Maine Preservation
  • Past Trustee, Portland Symphony Orchestra
  • Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Victoria Mansion

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers High Net Worth under Private Wealth Law
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2020 Portland, Maine Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2015 Portland, Maine Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Non-Profit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under Estate Planning & Probate and Nonprofit Organizations

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Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Tax Court

Firm Highlights

News

Verrill Welcomes Jeffrey A. Smagula, Experienced Health Care and Life Sciences Attorney, Former Health Plan Compliance Executive

(May 12, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to welcome Jeffrey A. Smagula to the firm’s Boston office as Counsel in its nationally recognized Health Care & Life Sciences Group. Jeff Smagula brings to Verrill...

Publication/Podcast

Portland Maine Business Podcast with Tawny Alvarez

On this week's Portland Maine Business Podcast , a podcast with Shelby Turcotte of Shelby Trained, he interviews employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez who shares stories that contributed to shaping her as a...

News

Verrill Partner to Lead Firm’s Energy, Telecommunications, and Natural Resources Group

(May 14, 2021) – Verrill is pleased to announce that Jim Cohen has been appointed chair of the firm’s Energy, Telecommunications, and Natural Resources Group. Cohen, a former Mayor of Portland, is a long-time...

Blog

Verrill Attorney Gordon Smith Comments on Lawsuit Claiming Ownership of Maine Coastal Property

Event

Global Virtual Legal Project Management Summit

Matter

Copyright Litigation: Software

Defended equipment manufacturer in copyright dispute involving firmware for digital subscriber line access multiplexers (“DSLAMs”). Case resolved favorably.

Blog

Prop 65: Will the “Short-Form” be Short Lived?

Enacted as part of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, Proposition 65 (“Prop 65”) requires businesses with ten or more employees that sell products in the state of California to...

Publication/Podcast

Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct

Scott Connolly, partner in Verrill’s Employment & Labor Group, has authored the chapter “Policies to Guide Employee Conduct and Respond to Misconduct” in MCLE’s book, Drafting Employment Documents in Massachusetts (4th Edition 2021). The...

Event

Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities Under ERISA

Employers have long understood the importance of fiduciary compliance with respect to 401(k) plans and other retirement plans subject to ERISA, and most have sound processes and governance structures in place to ensure the...

Matter

Trademark Litigation: Software

Represented trademark owner in litigation with foreign software company. Successfully defeated motion to dismiss on jurisdictional grounds, which was affirmed on appeal. Also successfully defeated summary judgment motion, which resulted in case settling before...

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