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David J. Backer

Estate planning Attorney at Portland, ME

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David Backer is Drummond Woodsum’s Practice Group Leader for Trust and Estate Planning. His practice includes trust and estate planning and administration. He is an elected Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. David serves as Chair of Maine's Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission, charged with conducting a continuing study of the probate and trust laws in Maine and making recommendations to the Legislature for improvements in Maine's probate and trust laws. In addition, David has been included in the Best Lawyers in America each year since 2007 in the category of Trusts and Estates.

David is a frequent speaker to attorneys, accountants and financial professionals on various trust, estate and tax planning topics. Recent Professional Presentations, including his most recent 2015 Estate Planning Year in Review.

AWARDS

  • Estate Planning Lawyer of the Year, Portland, ME (Awarded by Best Lawyers) (2015)
  • New England Super Lawyers, Estate Planning & Probate (2008-2014)
  • Best Lawyers USA, Trusts and Estates (2008-2016)
  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Preeminent
Licensed for 45 years
State ME
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 01/29/2023
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 1977
Updated 01/04/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Drummond Woodsum
84 Marginal Way
Ste 600
Portland, ME, 04101-2480

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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Bloomington
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Associations

  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (New York chapter)
  • Fellow
  • 2005 - Present
  • Maine's Probate and Trust Law Advisory Committee
  • Chair
  • 2000 - Present
  • Maine Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 1997 - Present
  • Maine State Bar Association, reviewed and promoted the adoption of Maine’s versions of the Uniform Principal and Income Act and the Uniform Trust Code.
  • Member Committee
  • 2001 - 2001
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2017
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Estate Planning Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2010
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2009
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2008
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2008
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Publications

  • Maine State Bar Association publication
  • Ascertainable Standards: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?
  • 2013
  • Maine State Bar Association publication
  • Drafting Options Under the Maine Uniform Trust Code
  • 2007
  • Maine State Bar Association publication
  • Critical Concepts and Definitions Under the Maine Uniform Trust Code
  • 2005
  • Maine State Bar Association publication
  • Maine's New Uniform Principal and Income Act, The Power to Convert to a Unitrust
  • 2002
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Speaking Engagements

  • Maine State Bar Association CLE
  • Ascertainable Standards: What Are They and Why Do They Matter?
  • 2013
  • Maine State Bar Association CLE
  • Drafting Options Under the Maine Uniform Trust Code
  • 2007
  • Maine State Bar Association CLE
  • Critical Concepts and Definitions Under the Maine Uniform Trust Code
  • 2005
  • Maine State Bar Association CLE
  • Maine's New Uniform Principal and Income Act, The Power to Convert to a Unitrust
  • 2002
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Portland Estate planning Lawyer David J. Backer
David J. Backer
Estate planning Attorney
Portland, ME
Licensed for 45 years
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