Jeffrey W. Jones, Esq.
Jeff has been practicing trust and estate law in Ellsworth since 1985 and has been a lawyer for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Rutgers-Camden School of Law. He is admitted to the bars of Maine, New Jersey and the U.S. Supreme Court and is a member of the Maine and American Bar Associations and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
In 2009, Jeff was appointed to the new Maine Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission (PATLAC) created by the Legislature. He was reappointed in 2013 and is currently the Chair of the PATLAC committee which is drafting a revised Maine Probate Code. In 2003 Jeff Chaired the Committee of lawyers and trust bankers which drafted the Maine Uniform Trust Code. As a result, the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws recognized him in 2004 for "outstanding leadership and support of the Uniform Trust Code project." Jeff is also the author of the chapter on Marital Deduction Planning in A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine, published in 2012.
Throughout his career Jeff has received other national recognition as an estate planning, probate, and trust lawyer. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC) in 1990 where he is national Editor of the ACTEC State Surveys project and a member of three of national committees. Following a poll of Maine lawyers in 1995, Jeff was selected for inclusion in the directory “The Best Lawyers in America." In 2007 he was voted by lawyers throughout the region to the first “New England Superlawyers” list for his expertise in both Trusts and Estates and Elder Law. America's oldest lawyer-rating organization, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Jeff an "Av" rating, described as the "highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards." He has a rating of 10.0 on the Avvo site. The New England Bar Association recognized Jeff for his "personal contributions to the legal profession" in 2001.
Jeff has made many educational presentations about trust and estate law over the years, from local seminars for non-lawyers to national meetings of lawyers and trust bankers. He enjoys making such presentations and continues to do several each year.
Like all members of Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, Jeff believes in giving back to his community. He was a Trustee and past Chair of the Maine Coast Healthcare Foundation, a founding member of the Maine Planned Giving Council and serves on the investment committee of his church. When his children were growing up he served as a scout leader, soccer coach, and swimming official. Jeff is a former director of the Katahdin Area Council, Inc. of the Boy Scouts of America and served two years as a delegate to the National Council of YMCAs of the United States.
Rebecca J. Sargent, Esq.
Prior to opening her own law office in 2008, Rebecca Sargent had been Senior Vice President & Senior Trust Officer at Union Trust Company since 1994. Before that, she practiced law at Loughlin & Wade in Portsmouth, NH, where she concentrated her practice in estate planning, probate, and real estate. She merged her private practice with the practices of Jeffrey Jones and Roberta Kuriloff in 2013, thus forming Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC.
Rebecca holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from The Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. degree from the University of Maine School of Law. She is admitted to the bar in Maine and New Hampshire. She is a member of the Maine, New Hampshire, and American Bar Associations as well as the Hancock County Bar Association. Rebecca graduated with honors from the National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University and ABA Stonier Graduate School of Executive Bank Management at Georgetown University. She served as a member of the Advisory Board for the Certified Trust and Financial Advisor Program, the Certified Council of the Institute of Certified Bankers, through 2016.
Rebecca believes in giving back to her community, so she regularly volunteers her time for local organizations. Current commitments include roles as: Honorary Trustee of the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital; Governance Committee for the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA; Board and Executive Committee of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce.
In addition, Rebecca has been an instructor in various estate planning investment topics for the American Bankers Association and at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital, New Hampshire College, Acadia Senior College, Belfast Senior College, and Ellsworth and RSU 24 Adult Education.
An Ellsworth native, Rebecca's passions include gardening and golfing. She might argue that between work and weather, there's never quite enough time for either.
Nicolas T. Carter, Esq.
Nic concentrates his practice in Estate Planning and Elder Law. Prior to joining Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC, Nic served as the statewide Bankruptcy Expert for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General’s HomeCorps initiative. He was also the owner of Carter Legal Services in Portland, a business that provided consumer protection and bankruptcy counsel. Nic has volunteered his time to Pine Tree Legal Assistance and the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Maine.
Nic is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and is admitted to the bars of Maine, Massachusetts, and the Federal District of Maine. He is originally from Massachusetts, but has come to his senses and plans to live the rest of his days in Maine. When not busy being a mildly successful parent to his three small children, Nic also spends time coaching youth sports through the Down East Family YMCA.
Nic is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). He serves on the Vestry of St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in Ellsworth and is a board member of Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County.
Catherine Haynes Fenton, Esq.
Catherine joined Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC in March of 2016. Prior to that, she operated her own law practice in Ellsworth, Maine, where she worked with clients on real estate, probate, and civil matters. Additionally, she advocated in many family matters, including divorce and custody cases, child protection issues, and Guardian ad Litem work. She worked at Sandra Hylander Collier Law Offices from 1997 until 2010, where she carried out real estate transactions, drafted estate planning documents, authored appellate briefs, and handled small business law.
Catherine is a proud graduate of Bates College and University of Maine School of Law and is admitted to the bars of Maine and the U.S District Court of Maine. She has taught Business Law at Eastern Maine Community College and is currently an At Large member of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar - Grievance Commission. Catherine has been a member of the Ellsworth Noontime Rotary Club and has also been Secretary of the Hancock County Bar Association. She lives in Surry with her family.
Debbie has over 20 years of experience in accounting, payroll and auditing. She is a graduate of Ellsworth High School and has 30 years of banking experience. Prior to joining Rebecca Sargent's law firm, Debbie was the AVP, Audit/Payroll Specialist for Union Trust Company. Her primary responsibilities include office management, billing, helping clients manage their expenses, and bookkeeping for clients.
A Maine native, Debbie enjoys gardening and spending time near water. When not at work, she can often be found preparing healthy meals or listening to her iPod on the recumbent bike.
Debra has over 27 years of professional experience in accounting and auditing. She is a graduate of Husson College and is a Certified Fiduciary and Investment Risk Management Specialist (CFIRS). Deb was the SVP Internal Auditor for Union Trust Company. She began her accounting career at Horton, McFarland and Veysey, CPA where she specialized in tax preparation, payroll, and recordkeeping services.
She joined Rebecca Sargent's law firm in 2008 as Consultant. She is rarely in the office; her time is spent at other businesses, setting up accounting systems, organizing records, doing payroll, and facilitating tax preparation.
Debra is active in several non-profit organizations, including serving as Treasurer of two local organizations. She is a member of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) and Fiduciary Investment Risk Management Association (FIRMA).
During the rest of her time, Deb is very active in managing the family business, Timberland Acres RV Park. She is a proud wife, mother, and grandmother.
Debra's professional background has been in banking, human resources, and insurance. She joined Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC in 2015 and handles a variety of office needs: the daily flow of phone calls, scheduling appointments, and processing documents.
Elizabeth was a Trust Officer at Union Trust Company, under the leadership of Attorney Rebecca Sargent, with a primary focus on retirement assets. She seized an opportunity to work for Rebecca again after her law office was established. She manages marketing and advertising for the firm and handles some of the fiduciary relationships that the office maintains.
Elizabeth attended the Northern New England School of Banking and the ABA Trust Schools. She graduated from Lawrence University in Wisconsin with a degree in math and music. She is a Notary Public as well.
Elizabeth and her family reside in Blue Hill, Maine. When not working at work, she pursues her favorite hobbies: playing piano, reading, and photography. She serves on the boards of Blue Hill Bach and BEEM, and is also a Den Leader with Cub Scouts and the Treasurer of her local Girl Scout troop.
In addition to her roles as a paralegal and administrator of client services, Jeanne is also a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant.
Jeanne worked for more than 20 years as a Registered Nurse, which often provides a unique and valuable insight that complements our legal analysis of client problems. Her extensive network of contacts in the health care field can be helpful to clients who are seeking home care or evaluating assisted living or skilled nursing facilities.
She has three adult children and is married to Jeff Jones.
Jen handles general office work for Attorneys Jeff Jones and Catherine Fenton, including the day-to-day flow of phone calls, scheduling appointments, setting up trusts and wills for signing, and drafting documents. She is a Johnson & Wales University graduate with an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies. She is a distance runner and has an eye for artistic design: she does flower arrangement, needlework, knitting, and quilting.
Roberta S. Kuriloff, Esq.
In 2013, Roberta’s private law practice merged with those of Jeff Jones and Rebecca Sargent, thus forming Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC. This was done to insure fluidity of the practices as each lawyer neared retirement. The firm has become a well-rounded estate planning and elder law practice. These changes allowed Roberta the flexibility to become Of Counsel in 2015, and then to retire in early 2016. She is pursuing a project to help seniors preserve their life stories in writings. She published her first book, Everything Special, Living Joy, in late 2014 and looks forward to devoting more time to creative writing.
Paralegal & Trust Administrator
After serving in the United States Coast Guard for 7 years, Rhonda began her financial career at Union Trust in 1999 and in 2008 joined the Law Office of Rebecca Sargent. She is responsible for administration of fiduciary accounts, coordination of client matters, and office administration.
Rhonda has attended various banking and computer related courses and has successfully completed the Northern New England School of Banking course. She is also a graduate of the ABA National Trust School and the ABA National Graduate Trust School at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Rhonda and her family live in Ellsworth, Maine where they enjoy spending time together pursuing their fitness passions such as running, hiking, skiing and biking.
After thirty years with the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office and a brief period with Hannaford Pharmacy, Rosemary realized she was most comfortable in the legal arena. She also realized she did not want to work full-time. So when Jeffrey W. Jones, P.A. needed a part-time legal assistant, it turned out to be exactly what she needed and enjoyed. In addition to the thirty years at the district attorney’s office where Rosemary interacted with a varying group of lawyers, witnesses, police officers and defendants every day, she was a founding member of the Maine Association of Legal Secretaries (now known nationally as National Association of Legal Support Personnel) which led to a Hancock County chapter in which she was very involved. She became a certified Professional Legal Secretary through the national association in the early 1980s.
In addition to her part-time job, she enjoys being a member of the board of Robert and Mary’s Place, a day care place for people with dementia, a pianist/organist at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, and the grandmother of five grandchildren. She lives in Franklin on her childhood family homestead.
Susan handles funding of trusts, as well as complex probate and estate administration, real estate, and management of corporations. She is a graduate of UMM with a degree in secretarial studies and brings much experience to the firm, having worked thirty-eight years as a paralegal and office manager. Susan joined Roberta Kuriloff’s firm in 2012; she works closely with Attorney Nicolas Carter since Roberta's retirement.
A native of Addison, Susan currently resides in Gouldsboro. Her spare time is spent with family, bird watching and quilting.
Paralegal & Trust Administrator
Sylvia had over 30 years of trust and estate experience as a legal assistant at Hale and Hamlin in Ellsworth. She then joined Union Trust Company as Assistant Vice President, Trust Officer for 9 years. She joined Rebecca Sargent's law office when it opened in 2008.
Sylvia is responsible for estate and personal trust administration. She also handles real estate and corporate transactions.
Sylvia attended Husson College. She serves on the Eleanor Widener Dixon Clinic Committee. Sylvia is a native of Ellsworth and currently resides in Gouldsboro, Maine. Whenever her schedule permits, she spends her time with husband, children, and grandchildren.