Verrill's Private Clients & Fiduciary Services Group draws on the experience of its attorneys to provide clients with trustworthy advice regarding the transfer of wealth. We get to know you, your family, and your goals as we produce plans that carry out your intentions. Through our extensive knowledge of estate planning techniques, our attention to the estate administration process, and our care as fiduciaries of the trusts we oversee, we help our clients achieve fulfilling outcomes.

Sound, Efficient Wealth Transfer Techniques

The group deploys advanced estate planning strategies to facilitate the effective, efficient transfer of wealth within families. We also frequently work with our clients to achieve their charitable-giving goals by planning charitable gifts, organizing charitable entities, and managing charitable trusts and foundations that they establish.

Personal Relationships

Trust is the foundation of our practice. We earn the trust of our clients by learning about their families, by recognizing their needs, and by exercising our keen discretion. The trust we build serves as the cornerstone not only of our estate planning and fiduciary work, but also of our "family office" services for clients who engage our team for personal affairs management, including bill payment, management of insurance relationships, and maintenance of financial records.

Tenacious Advocacy

Our practice in the probate courts of Maine, Massachusetts, and Connecticut includes establishments of probate estates, advocacy in guardianship and conservatorship proceedings, and litigation in estate and trust disputes.

Prudent and Empathetic Fiduciaries

We offer full-service, personalized trust management to our clients and their families. Our attorneys and trust management team communicate directly with clients to develop an in-depth understanding of each beneficiary's circumstances. Informed by the situations of those we serve, our fiduciaries exercise sound judgment to diligently and discreetly manage the trusts under our care.

We work with individuals and families on matters including:

  • Asset protection planning
  • Charitable gift planning, including planned giving and private foundations
  • Durable powers of attorney and health care proxies and directives
  • Estate administration
  • Estate and income tax and financial planning
  • Estate planning
  • Family office management
  • Guardianship and conservatorship of children and adults
  • Intergenerational gifting
  • LGBTQIA+ legal issues
  • Multigenerational ownership and succession of family compounds and vacation properties
  • Non-married and co-habitants agreements
  • Planning for multigenerational ownership of real estate and succession
  • Post-marital agreements
  • Pre-marriage planning and agreements
  • Probate and trust litigation
  • Succession planning for closely held businesses
  • Trust management/fiduciary services

Firm Highlights


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The Acme Rocket Sled Company Retirement Plan Administration Committee recently selected a new investment advisor for the company’s 401(k) plan. During the RFP process, the new advisor observed that the Investment Policy Statement (IPS...


Verrill Welcomes Law Firm Industry Veteran, James Durham as New Chief Operating Officer


2021 Employment Law Annual Update Series: Part Eight

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MAME's 32nd Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament

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A Big Merci Beaucoup to Les Habitants

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Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?

On June 10, employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez spoke with Maine Association of Nonprofits for its blog post "Help Desk FAQ: Can Nonprofits Require COVID-19 Vaccines?" As MANP continues to receive questions from...


Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Committee

In the spring of 2021, employment and labor attorney Beth Smith published an article in the American Bar Association's The Brief publication. Entitled "Workers' Compensation and Employers' Liability Committee," Beth discusses how this committee...


James A. Durham, Verrill's New COO

On August 3, Law360 covered the hire of James A. Durham as Verrill's new chief operating officer in an article, "Longtime Law Firm Executive Becomes Verrill Dana's COO." Durham has significant experience as a...


Copyright Litigation: Software

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

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