Barbara Schlichtman, Esq., helps clients design a plan that maintains their quality... more
Barbara Schlichtman, Esq., helps clients design a plan that maintains their quality of life as they age. Barbara is a member of the Elder Law Section of the Maine State Bar, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, and ElderCounsel. She serves on the boards of Maine’s Legal Services for the Elderly, Maine’s Justice Action Group, the Portland Education Foundation, and the Peaks Island Fund. Ba... view profile
In the 35 years of my practice, I have enjoyed helping hundreds of individuals and... more
In the 35 years of my practice, I have enjoyed helping hundreds of individuals and families meet their goals in planning for themselves and their loved ones. I have told countless clients that this is not my plan, but theirs. The only way for me to help them is for me to be actively engaged with them, listening to their stories and hearing what is important to them. Once I am able to gain my ... view profile
"Estate" is the legal term used to define your property and money—basically, everything that belongs to you. Estate planning attorneys tell you different strategies you can use to transfer your belongings after you die. By planning your estate, you can maximize its value by minimizing taxes and eliminating court costs and interference. Estate planning attorneys also help you control and protect your estate during your lifetime, by writing documents that allow you to transfer property and money to children, charities, or others in a way you desire.