Wills Lawyers | Orono Office
68 Main St, PO Box 220, Orono, ME 04473
Wills Lawyers | Newport Office | Serving Orono, ME
159 Main Street, PO Box 476, Newport, ME 04953
Wills Lawyers | Bangor Office | Serving Orono, ME
80 Exchange Street, PO Box 1210, Bangor, ME 04402-1210
Wills Lawyers | Levant Office | Serving Orono, ME
PO Box 268, Levant, ME 04456
Wills Lawyers | Belfast Office | Serving Orono, ME
48 Marshall Wharf, Suite 4, Belfast, ME 04915
Lead Counsel independently verifies Wills attorneys in Orono and checks their standing with Maine bar associations.Our Verification Process and Criteria
A will is a legal document that allows a person to decide how property and assets will be distributed after death. If a will does not exist, the state’s probate court disburses the person’s belongings according to intestacy laws.
Although you can write a will without the benefit of legal counsel, the best course is to consult an Orono wills attorney. The attorney can draft your will to ensure it is legal, that your wishes are honored, and anticipate contingencies that could prevent the will from being challenged.
In legal practice, experience matters. An experienced attorney will likely have handled issues similar to yours many, many times. Therefore, after listening to your situation, the attorney should have a reasonable idea of the time line for a case like yours and the likely resolution.
Prepare for your consultation by writing down notes of your understanding of the case, jot down questions and concerns for the attorney, and gather your documents. Remember that you are trying to get a sense of whether the attorney has your trust and can help you address your legal issues. Questions should include how the attorney intends to resolve your issue, how many years he/she has been practicing law and specifically practicing in your area, as well as how many cases similar to yours the attorney has handled. It can also be helpful to broach the subject of fees so that you understand the likely cost and structure of your representation by a specific attorney and/or legal team.
A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:
Depending on your specific legal situation, it’s possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.
Personal jurisdiction – Requirement that a particular court have authority over a person, in order to bind that person to the judgment of the court, based on minimum contacts. International Shoe Co v. Washington is a landmark Supreme Court case outlining the scope of a state court’s reach in personal jurisdiction.