When it is time to engage in estate planning, people can become apprehensive, uncertain, and overwhelmed by the many different decisions they have to make. We want to help you through this process and overcome those emotions. Hodgkins Law focuses exclusively on estate planning and elder law, like trust creation, trust administration, asset protection planning, MaineCare long-term care planning, pet care planning, special needs planning, incapacity planning, and more. We dedicate all of our time and resources to helping clients protect their assets and plan for their family’s futures.
We Provide Unique, Custom Solutions
Having an experienced Maine estate planning attorney on your side when creating an estate plan can make an enormous difference in the process. At Hodgkins Law, we offer estate planning services that remove your confusion, answer your questions, and provide you with peace of mind. We’re unique because we provide individualized attention to create a custom tailored plan that’s exclusively for you. Your estate plan isn’t a “cookie-cutter” solution. We work to provide each and every one of our clients with a comprehensive estate plan, created specifically to and for their needs.
We Create Comprehensive Plans
We pride ourselves in our exceptional plan design that can help you and your loved ones during a difficult time in your family’s lives. This is not a time to cut corners, and we want to help you and your family through this process, ensuring that you understand each and every aspect of your customized estate plan. Since we focus exclusively on estate planning and elder law, we have the experience, processes, and resources in place to create complex estate plans. We also take it a step further so that your family will understand the complexities of your estate plan: we create a personalized video clearly explaining each client’s estate plan.
We Educate Along the Way
Education is clearly a very important part of the estate planning process at Hodgkins Law. We offer free educational seminars on estate planning to spread awareness about the many intricacies that accompany planning for your estate. We care that you understand what will happen to your assets, and that you know the best ways to protect them. Our transparent, flat-fee pricing structure is centered around creating a client experience free of surprises and additional worry – we want you to know what you can expect, what you’re agreeing to, and what you’ll receive when you enter into a relationship to create your estate plan.
We’re Here from Start to Finish
We also really care about creating long-term relationships with our clients. Megan Hodgkins is the founding member of Hodgkins Law, and she is a highly experienced estate planning attorney. As the owner of the only American Academy of Estate Planning Attorneys (AAEPA) accredited law firm in the state of Maine, she is required to continuously improve her knowledge in estate planning to maintain this advanced status. Because of her level of experience and the many years ahead of her in estate planning, she is able to offer clients security knowing that she will be able to execute the estate plans she helped them create. This means that issues are even more unlikely to arise when you ask Hodgkins Law to create your estate plan—our team will be able to oversee the entire process from creation to execution.
Services We Provide
Hodgkins Law provides the following high-quality estate planning services for those in Brunswick, Bath, Wiscasset, Woolwich, Topsham, Freeport, Durham, Yarmouth, Falmouth and Portland, Southern Maine, Mid-Coast Maine, Cumberland County or other locations in Maine:
- Basic to Complex Estate Planning Services—From those who choose only a simple will to those who require much more extensive estate planning, Hodgkins Law has the knowledge and skills to complete the process, whether that includes trusts, trust administration, revocable living trusts, asset protection, business planning, and more. Megan Hodgkins is a warm, relatable attorney who will comprehensively answer all questions and compassionately walk clients through the process of estate planning.
- Estate Planning for Families—Most young families believe estate planning is something they will not need to think about for many years to come. This is just not so. Raising children is a huge endeavor, and parents will want to make sure a person they trust will take over the child-rearing in the event of a tragedy. The children must be financially and emotionally protected, and a comprehensive estate plan will accomplish this goal.
- Family Owned Farms and Businesses Succession Planning—Because family-owned businesses and farms tend to pass down from one generation to the next, planning for the future can be particularly challenging, yet crucial for those children and grandchildren who will eventually work the land or take the company in a new direction.
- Incapacity Planning—One of the smartest choices an individual can make is the choice to plan for an incapacity. Obviously, nobody wants to think they could one day become unable to make decisions regarding their financial affairs or health concerns, but it does happen—often when it is least expected. Those who want to protect themselves, as well as their loved ones, must consider incapacity planning.
- MaineCare and Long-Term Care Planning—Roughly half of all Americans over the age of 65 will require some level of long-term care. Nursing home costs can be astronomical, therefore handling the aging process must include plans for the eventuality of long-term care.
- Special Needs Planning—When there is a family member with a disability, it is particularly important to ensure that person is taken care of in the event of a death or disability of the parent or guardian. The peace of mind that comes with knowing a loved one with special needs will be well-cared for in any event is truly extraordinary.
- Pet Planning—Because our animals are also our friends and beloved companions, it is extremely important to provide for them in the event of incapacity or death. To ensure these pets are not sent to a shelter (where there is a significant risk of euthanasia), pet planning is an essential part of estate planning.
Hodgkins Law only handles estate planning, allowing us to develop clear-cut, systematic processes to handle unique aspects of estate planning, such as MaineCare pre-planning and qualification.
Why Clients Contact Us
Perhaps of equal importance to our high level of experience and knowledge in estate planning is the warm, welcoming, and trustworthy environment we strive to create. We understand the emotions involved in estate planning, and we seek to provide you with peace of mind. For the very best in estate planning services, contact Hodgkins Law today. We’re here to answer any questions you may have about your Maine estate plan.