Everything You Want to Know About Wills, Trusts, and Probate

Instructor:  Randy Mailloux

  • Thursday Afternoon
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Everyone likes to think that their affairs are in order, but how sure are you that you have charted a sensible plan? In this eminently practical course on estate planning, we will look at the history of the general probate process, including protecting persons (guardianships and conservatorships), will, and trusts.

We will also explore a variety of strategies for making sure your wishes are carried out without burdening your survivors. We will open with a review of the probate process, and then move into an explanation of just what wills and trusts are, what they can accomplish, and how they are disputed. We will explore specific types of trusts, their purpose and possible uses, e.g. Medicaid planning, general estate disposition, and special needs. We will also consider the various ancillary documents essential to a proper estate plan, including advanced health-care directives, powers of attorney, and personal property disposition memoranda. Remember, it is not if…but when!

Randy Mailloux has practiced law in Waldo County for more than thirty-five years. He grew up in Belfast and earned his degrees from the Univ. of Maine at Orono, and Gonzaga Univ. of Law in Spokane, WA. He has served as County Probate Judge, Pres. of the Waldo County Bar Asso., and Maine State Representative to the Natl. College of Probate Judges. He has been involved in many civic organizations over the years. He spearheaded the formation of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Waldo County, served as its president, and is currently a member of the Board of Directors.