Links suggested by Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLCThe following websites offer useful information about estate planning and related subjects. We do not endorse these sites or offer them as a substitute for professional advice.  In addition, tax, Medicaid, and other legal rules change frequently; some sites may have outdated information.  As with all web-based information, these sites are best used to acquire background information about the issues in which you are interested before you ask the advice of a competent lawyer.

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AARP information on Reverse Mortgages

This link to the AARP web site provides a wealth of unbiased information to help you understand reverse mortgages.

ABA Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts and Probate FAQs

Excellent starting place from the American Bankers Association for basic information about most estate planning and probate topics.  Not state-specific.

ABA Consumer’s Toolkit for Health Care Advance Planning

“If you are looking at this tool kit, you are either thinking of making a health care advance directive (such as a living will or durable power of attorney for health care), or you may have already signed one. In either case, you should be aware that just having a written advance directive by itself does not ensure that your wishes will be understood and respected. Studies have shown that standard advance directive forms do little to influence end-of-life decisions without: 1) informed, thoughtful reflection about your wishes and values, and 2) personal communication between you and your likely decision-makers before a crisis occurs.”

At Home Downeast

 Caters to the needs of seniors who want to remain in their own homes as they grow older.

Bangor Daily News

Local news from the greater Bangor area.

Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center

Cancer support for patients and families.  Located in Ellsworth.

Blue Hill Peninsula Chamber of Commerce

This links to one of our local chamber’s websites, of which we are proud members.

Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

This links to one of our local chamber’s websites, of which we are proud members.

City of Ellsworth

Current information about the town in which we have our offices.

DHHS Maine, Office of Elder Services

Links to many useful sites for Maine’s elderly community from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Eastern Area Agency on Aging

This local agency has been serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, and Washington counties since 1973. With a specially trained and dedicated staff, they provide seniors, adults with disabilities and caregivers with a variety of options, opportunities, resources and referrals.

Elder Financial Protection

A bunch of important people in Maine got together and produced a guide for seniors regarding protecting themselves financially.  It’s full of useful information.

ElderLawAnswers website

“The Web’s Most Trusted Long-Term Care and Planning Resource”

The Ellsworth American

A link to our local newspaper, published in print version every Thursday.

Ellsworth Chamber of Commerce

This links to one of our local chamber’s websites, of which we are proud members.

Friendship Cottage

Friendship Cottage provides adult day service to dependent adults who may be coping with physical, mental or memory challenges.

Lawyer Referral Service

Need a lawyer for something other than estate planning, trusts, elder law or probate?  The lawyer referral service operated as a non-profit service of the Maine State Bar Association can help you find one.  If you want a lawyer that other lawyers think is one of the best, check out The Best Lawyers in America list.  These organizations rate lawyers by category of practice, such as “Trust and Estate,” “Estate Planning” or “Elder Law.”  Thus, the lists tend to favor specialists; you are not likely to find a general practitioner (or a younger lawyer or one practicing in a small town) on the lists.  Martindale-Hubbell, the oldest lawyer rating service is more inclusive, rating lawyers as either Av, Bv or Cv.

Maine Attorney General

The webpage for the Office of the Maine Attorney General

Maine Estate Tax

Maine Revenue Services’s excellent and informative webpage on the Maine Estate Tax.  Check out the “FAQs” and the “Guidance Documents”.

Maine Legal Services for the Elderly

“Free legal help for Maine’s seniors.”  Dozens of downoadable articles on topics of interest to seniors and their families, including long term care and MaineCare.

Maine Revenue Services

“This site was created to give you easy, convenient access to Maine tax information whenever you need it.”

Maine Revised Statutes

Link here to read statutes passed by the Maine Legislature.

Maine State Bar Association

Medicare rights questions?

Medicare PRO Hotline; New England North East Health Care Quality Foundation.

Morningstar

Investment research that compiles and analyzes fund, stock and general market data.

Robert & Mary’s Place

Robert and Mary’s Place is a licensed day program for people with memory loss or confusion; locations are in Ellsworth and Machias.

Social Security Administration (SSA)

Find out about Social Security (retirement and disability) and Medicare programs, and more.

State of Maine

The state of Maine’s award-winning home page, the place to find out almost anything you want to know about Maine.  Access to all state agencies, the Legislature, courts and laws.

Wall Street Journal

An international daily newspaper with a special emphasis on business and economic news

Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA)

Offers a variety of programs to help the local population.  Primary mission is to serve low-income families and individuals.