Full Circle Planning, the Link Between Legal & Life
In the grand scheme of life, there are the fun moments–the times of joy that we savor–and the tasks that we just need to get through so we can get back to doing what we love.
As a Full Circle Planning law firm, Maine Elder Law Attorneys helps manage many of the chores that come along with the aging process, leaving you more time to enjoy the good things in life. The MELA team includes an experienced wellness coordinator in addition to our dedicated legal professionals. Our legal services focus on estate and trust planning, adult guardianship matters, assistance with public benefits, and probate court filings.
Full Circle Planning Because We Care
It takes more than just legal documents to preserve a high quality of life. MELA offers "wrap-around" services we call Full Circle Planning. Some clients and their families may need care coordination, information about public benefits, or an asset protection plan. Other clients just have a few simple questions, need a little advice, and can be on their way
MELA can assist with coordinating care and advocate on behalf of clients when needed. We listen and then work to understand the family’s full range of needs, designing a custom plan to provide services at the right cost.
How We Help
Wills and POAs
We can use wills in combination with small estate planning to avoid probate and make it easy for assets to pass to your loved ones, reducing conflict and confusion. This type of planning coupled with well drafted powers of attorney–health and financial–is the type of legal planning that can help.
Guardianship and Conservator Proceedings
With advance preparation, the need for guardianship and conservator proceedings can be avoided. When this type of protection is necessary for a loved one who no longer has capacity to make their own decisions, we guide you through this complex legal process with thoughtfulness and efficiency.
Claudia Raessler, R.N.,
J.D. and LLM in Tax
Expertise and empathy are descriptors Claudia hopes are the takeaways for anyone she has had the chance to work with in providing legal services. Whether assisting a client or collaborating with another attorney, financial consultant, or industry expert, her goal is always to achieve the client’s objectives. The practice of Elder Law–transitions in lifestyle and managing the accompanying financial impact–are core concerns when a client talks with Maine Elder Law Attorneys, P.A. To be of value in this practice area requires a high degree of expertise balanced against life experience. At the end of the day, the practice is about individuals.
Director of Life Care Planning Services
Mary graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida, and then went to work for post-acute rehabilitation & long term care facilities. After more than six years of experience as an Admissions Director and Hospital Liaison, she moved on to obtain her certification in Elder Care Coordination through the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association. She now specializes in Wellness Planning for those who need help or have questions when it comes to developing a care management plan that will ensure all the necessary services and resources are in place for whatever may arise.
Compass Bookkeeping and its principal, Megan McDougall, provide accounting, financial, and HR services to Maine Elder Law Attorneys, P.A. Megan joined the Accounting world in 2008 after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Accounting & Finance from the University of Southern Maine. She has always had a passion for finance and quickly worked her way into finance management positions for a number of employers prior to starting her own firm. She is a Certified Tax Preparer, a Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor, and a member of the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers. Outside of work, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and running her own Photography business. Diligent and friendly are two adjectives that we find describe Megan best.
Melissa graduated from Kennebec Valley Community College in 2016 with an associate degree in General Science and returned to earn an associate degree in Medical Assisting in 2018. Providing quality home health care is a true passion for Melissa, and she has several years’ experience assisting clients in a variety of settings.
Melissa was born and raised in Maine and currently lives in Norridgewock on the same road she grew up on. Melissa’s daughter Mikayla is her pride and joy and her biggest cheerleader.
"We had a great experience working with Maine Elder Law Attorneys. They always keep us up to date with our case and have been able to answer any questions we’ve had along the way.”
“We came to MELA looking for Guardianship services but we received much more.
Mary and Claudia handled our MaineCare application, and amongst many other things, assisted us in finding a residence for a loved one while we were in crisis and amid crazy COVID restrictions. They helped us make the best of a stressful situation. Working with them was seamless & sufficient. We would recommend anyone needing similar services give them a call”.
Reach Out Today
MELA is here to help with identifying your legal needs, develop a plan to address the needs and advise throughout the process. Value added services is at the core of our thinking - call or e-mail us today.