Biography

Mary has practiced law in the area of trusts and estates continuously since 1987. Her practice includes estate planning, trust and estate administration, and charitable giving.

Mary assists clients with wealth transfer strategies to minimize estate, gift, and generation-skipping transfer taxes. She also counsels clients with regard to the management of family assets owned in common or in trust and assists with the administration of family foundations.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Chicago  (J.D.)
  • Smith College  (B.A., cum laude)

Public Service

Mary has served as Director of several local arts and cultural organizations, including:

  • Portland Public Library
  • Portland Conservatory of Music
  • Portland Stage Company
  • The Stage at Spring Point
  • Maine Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts

Bar Admissions

  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized in Chambers High Net Worth under Private Wealth Law
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© under Trusts and Estates

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Firm Highlights

Event

Northeastern University RISE Expo

Verrill is sponsoring Northeastern University's RISE Expo on April 9, 2020. Our attorneys, Rob Hover, Dean Phelps, Lin Hymel, Beverly Hjorth, and John Powell, will attend and judge student's work, as well as interview...

News

Verrill-law.com Earns Gold in the 2020 AVA Digital Awards Competition

Blog

Supreme Court – Updates for 2020

We are barely two months into the new year and already there are significant updates to the 2020 Supreme Court Preview included in our December 2019 Client Advisory (available here ). Below are updates...

Matter

T&D Utility Ownership of Generation

Verrill represented Emera in a lengthy case addressing the extent to which the Maine Restructuring Act prevents affiliates of a Maine T&D utility from acquiring ownership of generation facilities. In 2011, Emera sought approval...

Publication/Podcast

2020 Estate Planning Update

SECURE ACT What you need to know : The Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement (SECURE) Act went into effect on January 1, 2020. The most significant provisions of the SECURE Act involve...

Blog

SECURE Act: Change to RMD Trigger Age Should Trigger Your Attention Now

As summarized in our January 7 Client Advisory , the SECURE Act includes many changes that affect the design and administration of retirement plans. One of those changes is the increase to the trigger...

Publication/Podcast

Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.

News

Verrill Again Honored for Commitment to Pro Bono Service

(February 19, 2020) – Verrill is honored to receive the 2020 Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Firm Pro Bono Achievement Award, presented by VLP during the Maine State Bar Association Annual Business Meeting &...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Matter

Maine's First Private Natural Gas Pipeline

Assisted a large pulp mill secure legislation to authorize building a private natural gas pipeline that tapped into the Maritimes interstate pipeline to lower the mill's energy costs. To meet the client's schedule, we...