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Richard J Abbondanza

Estate planning Attorney at Portland, ME

2.3   3 reviews

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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 clients' trust, and the trust of their advisors, we can collaboratively arrive at a plan that very often surpasses their initial goals.

Licensed for 44 years
State ME
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 01/29/2023
State DC
Status Administratively Suspended - Non-Payment of Dues
Acquired 1978
Updated 06/08/2022

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

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Richard J Abbondanza
6 City Center
Suite 400
Portland, ME, 04101-3477

Reviews

2.3 / 5.0
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Posted by Carole | May 20, 2015
The Best
Rick has been our attorney for over 20 years, he has handled our real estate transactions, estate plan and given advice and represented us and our children in many legal situations. He is not only our trusted attorney, he is a personal friend, in fact, we consider him "family"!
Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointed
Having worked with attorneys from many different firms in business and having had wonderful experiences, I have been amazed at the very different experience working with Rick Abbondanza. His lack of responsiveness to his client and other attorneys has been so surprising and not at all what I expected. One realtor who called Rick his friend admitted not using him due to Rick's professional issues.
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Posted by Marsha | November 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Disappointing
Rick was great for awhile. He assisted us with setting up a trust for our home. Everything seemed thorough and understandable. So he tucked away our papers in his vault, ready to be pulled out upon our demise. About two years later, we had some real estate tax questions regarding our home, but it was literally like pulling teeth to get a response. I emailed and called both him and his assistant several times. He did respond once, at the beginning, and then I was just ignored. The one time he did call back, he said he was very busy with real estate closings. It was all very disappointing. Needless to say, we are now in the process of selecting a different attorney to assist us when needed in the future. Luckily we can bring our paperwork, and we will not have to start the process all over again.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.6 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Hopkinson & Abbondanza
  • 1992 - Present

Education

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1977
  • Amherst College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1974

Associations

  • Portland Symphony Orchestra
  • Trustee
  • 2018 - Present
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Member/ Development Committee
  • 2011 - Present
  • WealthCounsel
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • North Yarmouth Academy
  • Trustee
  • 2002 - Present
  • Mercy Hospital Planned Giving Committee
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Maine Estate Planning Council
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Institute for Civic Leadership/Lift 360
  • Chairman
  • 2015 - 2017
  • Institute for Civic Leadership/Lift 360
  • Director
  • 2008 - 2015
  • BIg Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine
  • Director
  • 2006 - 2013
  • Town of Yarmouth
  • Town Councilor
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Town of Yarmouth
  • Planning Board Member
  • 1994 - 2000
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Cupola Award
  • North Yarmouth Academy
  • 2018
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Spirit of Humanity Award
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland
  • 2014
  • Laureate in Wealth Strategies
  • Southern California Institute
  • 2007
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Publications

  • WeathCounsel Quarterly
  • Beyond the Bottom Line: Framing the Client's True Legacy
  • 2017
  • National Business Institute Seminar
  • Top Estate Planning Techniques
  • 2012
  • Reference Materials NBI Seminar
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2011
  • Maine State Bar Summer Meeting Materials
  • Estate Planning in 2011
  • 2011
  • NBI Seminars
  • Current Estate PlanningTechniques
  • 2010
  • Legal Year in Review
  • Trusts and Estates Update
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • Legal Year in Review
  • Trust and Estates Update
  • 2017
  • Legal Year in Review
  • Trusts & Estates
  • 2016
  • Annual Trust Conference
  • Trust Protectors
  • 2016
  • Legal Year in Review
  • Trusts and Estates
  • 2015
  • Annual Trusts and Wealth Management Conference
  • Standalone Retirement Trust Planning
  • 2015
  • Annual Bar Meeting
  • PLanning for the Mid-tier Estate in Maine
  • 2015
  • Legal Year in Review
  • Current Developments in Estate Planning
  • 2014
  • Annual Conference
  • role of the Professional in Planned Giving
  • 2014
  • Wealth Management Conference
  • Currents Topics in Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Summer Bar Meeting
  • Using Trusts to Protect Inherited IRA's
  • 2013
  • Legal Year in Review
  • Cuttent Estate Planning Developments
  • 2013
  • Education Forum
  • Succession Planning Issues for Farmers
  • 2013
  • Business Builder Conference
  • Using Annuities in Estate Planning
  • 2013
  • Bar Association Meeting
  • Charitable Planning
  • 2013
  • Annual Tax Forum
  • Currest Estate Tax Developments
  • 2013
  • Summer Bar Meeting
  • Attorneys and Financial Advisors Working Together in Retirement Planning
  • 2012
  • NBI Seminar
  • Top Estate Planning Techniques
  • 2012
  • CFP Review Course
  • Estate Planning
  • 2012
  • The Gathering
  • Beneficiary Defective Inheritor's trusts
  • 2011
  • Special Needs Parents Group
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2011
  • Legal Year in Review
  • Trusts and Estates Update
  • 2011
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • Estate Planning Basics
  • 2011
  • Drafting Effectice Wills and trusts Seminar
  • Drafting Effective Wills and Trusts
  • 2011
  • Annual Summer Bar Meeting
  • Estate Planning in 2011: Taking Advantage of a Great Window of Opportunity
  • 2011
  • Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques
  • Current Estate Planning Techniques
  • 2010
  • Special Needs Parents Group
  • Special Needs trusts
  • 2010
  • Legal Year in Review
  • Estate Planning
  • 2010
  • Top 10 Estate Planning Techniques
  • Estate Plannng Techniques
  • 2009
  • The Gathering
  • Estate Planning for high-net worth families
  • 2009
  • Summer Bar Meeting
  • Best Planning Strategies in Current Economic Times
  • 2009
  • Legal Year in Review
  • What's New in Estate Planning
  • 2009
  • Legal Year in Review
  • Trusts and Estates
  • 2009
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Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (4)
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Estate planning Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick and I are currently working together on a client plan. When working with high-net-worth clients and those who own businesses, it is critical to understand the clients' goals and needs and apply the right tools to help them achieve their goals. I value Rick's willingness to work together with the client's existing advisors. More than that, I appreciate his client centric focus, as well as his command of the tools needed to put together a cohesive plan for the client."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Rick for over 35 years. We have collaborated on, and communicated about, various cases and legal issues. I value Rick's professional opinion in the areas of estate planning, real estate and business matters and can recommend him without reservation."
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Friend
"Rick has been a colleague for over the 4 years and we have worked on big and small issues of wealth preservation, asset protection and estate planning. I consider Rick a family friend as well. Knowledge, Integrity and Ethics are what define Rick's relationship with his clients. Rick is a detailed and creative wealth planner that will takes the time to address every concern and care that you, your family and business may have. Then Rick will craft a wealth preservation plan that not only takes care of you, your family, and your business, by addressing what you care about; but, also incorporates every tax strategy and assets preservation tool that you need so you can sleep at night and not worry about your family. I highly recommend his services!"
Estate planning Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Rick Abbondanza for several year now through our affiliation with the Southern California Institute. (See www.scinstitute.org) I have had the pleasure collaborate with Rick at the Institute and to present in February 2009 on high net worth planning at the Gathering, an estate planning conference in San Diego. Rick is a bright, thorough and conscientous practitioner who has a defined process that allows his clients to reach their goals. I recommend Rick without reservation."
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Portland Estate planning Lawyer Richard J Abbondanza
Richard J Abbondanza
Estate planning Attorney
Portland, ME
Licensed for 44 years
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