Martha (“Meg”) practices sophisticated estate planning, charitable giving and estate and trust administration. Her representation includes the preparation of wills and trusts and the related specialties of asset protection, life insurance, retirement and family real estate planning. She also specializes in litigation in these areas. Meg has developed an expertise in business succession planning, including the use of limited liability companies, buy–sell agreements and ESOPs to accomplish client objectives.
What sets Meg apart from her peers is her ability to clearly explain complicated matters and simplify decision points, no matter how complex the situation. She also has uncanny insight into family and organizational dynamics. For these reasons, she is often consulted by beneficiaries and fiduciaries to remedy faulty estate plans and trusts.
Meg is a recognized specialist in charitable giving and non–profit governance. She assists clients in implementing significant charitable giving plans, including the formation and operation of private family foundations, public charities and the creative use of donor advised funds. Because she served as the Managing Director of the John T. Gorman Foundation for 10 years before the Foundation hired full time staff, she has a deep operational understanding of the philanthropic and non–profit sectors.
Bowdoin College (B.A., magna cum laude, Honors in Economics, 1976)
University of Maine School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude, 1983)
Managing Editor, Maine Law Review (1982 – 1983)
U.S. District Court, District of Maine
Maine State (Trusts and Estates Section) and American (Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section) Bar Associations.
AV ranking by Martindale-Hubbell
Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Trusts and Estates (Charitable Gift Planning) (2012-2015)
Super Lawyer (Trusts and Estates), Super Lawyers Magazine (2011-2014)
Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Member, Maine Estate Planning Council
Former member, Maine Uniform Trust Code Committee
Former member, Maine Probate Rules Committee
Former member, Maine Probate and Trust Law Advisory Committee
Former member, Maine Probate Code Review Committee
John T. Gorman Foundation, Board of Directors (2001 – Present), Managing Director (2001 – 2011)
Maine Association of Nonprofits, Board of Directors (2014 – )
Maine Philanthropy Center, Board of Directors (2007 – 2013, Vice Chair, 2009 – 2010, Chair, 2011)
New Beginnings, Advisory Board (2014 – )
Former Board member, Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice
Former Board member, YWCA of Lewiston, Maine