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 is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, and in March, 2022 he was appointed as Maine State Chair of that organization.

Services/Industries

Education

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

Public Service

  • Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Maine Coast Heritage Trust
  • Past Trustee, Eckerd College
  • 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

Event

Annual Update Part 6: Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion - Top Legal Challenges and Best Practices for Your Company

Join Verrill for its sixth session of the 2022 virtual Labor & Employment Annual Update Series. Verrill attorney Tawny Alvarez will discuss steps that employers are taking to embrace diversity in their hiring practices...

Blog

Four Verrill Attorneys Recognized by Chambers & Partners for Energy and Environmental Law in Maine

Verrill attorneys Juliet T. Browne, James I. Cohen, Gordon R. Smith, and Mathew J. Todaro were recently recognized for energy and environmental law in Maine in the 2022 Chambers & Partners Guide . Chambers...

Blog

Health Plans: PCORI Fee Is Due August 1, 2022

What is the PCORI Fee? The Affordable Care Act created a non-profit corporation, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (“PCORI”), to conduct research to help individuals, providers, and policymakers make better healthcare choices by advancing...

Publication/Podcast

BLM-Masked Employees of Whole Foods Lose Race Bias Appeal Regarding Dress Code

Last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston dismissed the appeal of a group of Whole Foods employees who were disciplined for wearing face masks with the phrase “Black...

Publication/Podcast

New DOJ Task Force Announced Will Impact Health Care Providers & Prescribers in Northern New England

Major enforcement news was released today, Wednesday, June 29, 2022, for medical professionals and anyone working in or around the health care space in Maine , New Hampshire , and Vermont . The United...

News

Verrill Elects Longtime Partner Scott Anderson as New Managing Partner

Matter

Advised Fortune 500 Company on Group Health and Welfare Benefit Plans

We were engaged by a Fortune 500 manufacturing company to provide legal and compliance services regarding its group health and welfare benefit plans. During the course of our representation, we have advised the company...

News

Verrill Partner Robert Ruesch Elected to American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law’s Governing Committee

Matter

Elections and Constitutional Law: Successfully Challenged Certification of Initiative Petition

In a victory for consumers and the ride-hailing public, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court recently barred the Secretary of State from placing on the November ballot initiative petitions proposed by companies such as Uber...

Event

Implications of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act Webinar

Join Verrill's Robert Laplaca who will be presenting this webinar on understanding what risks confront gambling businesses operating on the internet. The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act was passed in 2006, but its implications...

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