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Jeff has been practicing trust and estate law in Ellsworth since 1985 and has been a lawyer for over 30 years. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Rutgers-Camden School of Law.  He is admitted to the bars of Maine, New Jersey and the U.S. Supreme Court and is a member of the Maine and American Bar Associations and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.


In 2009, Jeff was appointed to the new Maine Probate and Trust Law Advisory Commission (PATLAC) created by the Legislature.  He was reappointed in 2013 and is currently the Chair of the PATLAC committee which is drafting a revised Maine Probate Code.  In 2003 Jeff Chaired the Committee of lawyers and trust bankers which drafted the Maine Uniform Trust Code.  As a result, the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws recognized him in 2004 for “outstanding leadership and support of the Uniform Trust Code project.”  Jeff is also the author of the chapter on Marital Deduction Planning in A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in Maine, published in 2012.


Throughout his career Jeff has received other national recognition as an estate planning, probate, and trust lawyer.  He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC) in 1990 where he is national Editor of the ACTEC State Surveys project and a member of three of national committees.  Following a poll of Maine lawyers in 1995, Jeff was selected for inclusion in the directory “The Best Lawyers in America.”   In 2007 he was voted by lawyers throughout the region to the first “New England Superlawyers” list for his expertise in both Trusts and Estates and Elder Law.  America’s oldest lawyer-rating organization, Martindale-Hubbell has awarded Jeff an “Av” rating, described as the “highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.”  He has a rating of 10.0 on the Avvo site. The New England Bar Association recognized Jeff for his “personal contributions to the legal profession” in 2001.


Jeff has made many educational presentations about trust and estate law over the years, from local seminars for non-lawyers to national meetings of lawyers and trust bankers.  He enjoys making such presentations and continues to do several each year.


Like all members of Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, Jeff believes in giving back to his community.  He was a Trustee and past Chair of the Maine Coast Healthcare Foundation, a founding member of the Maine Planned Giving Council and serves on the investment committee of his church.  When his children were growing up he served as a scout leader, soccer coach, and swimming official.  Jeff is a former director of the Katahdin Area Council, Inc. of the Boy Scouts of America and served two years as a delegate to the National Council of YMCAs of the United States.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 50%
    38 years, 1.5 thousand cases
  2. Trusts: 30%
    33 years, 400 cases
  3. Probate: 15%
    38 years, 450 cases
  4. Elder Law: 5%
    26 years, 380 cases



Hourly ($275-325/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Jones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC

134 Surry Road
P.O. Box 622
Ellsworth, ME, 04605-0622


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2008
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
Certificate of Appreciation - Uniform Trust CodeNational Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Member-ManagerJones, Kuriloff & Sargent, LLC2013 - Present
PresidentJeffrey W. Jones, P.A.2001 - Present
Partner, Managing PartnerHale & Hamlin1985 - 2001
Managing PartnerJones, Ackerman, O'Malley &Lundquist1981 - 1985
PartnerSprigman & Jones1980 - 1981
Deputy Attorney GeneralNew Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety1977 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Maine Probate and Trust Law Advisory CommissionAppointed Member2010 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselEditorial Board2009 - Present
Maine State Bar AssociationAlternative Dispute Resolution Committee2005 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselPractice Committee2000 - Present
American College of Trust & Estate CounselTechnology Committee2000 - Present
Maine State Bar AssociationTrust and Estate Section1995 - Present
National Academy of Elder Law AttorneysMember1991 - Present
Maine State Bar AssociationElder Law Section1990 - Present
American College of Trust and Estate CounselElected Fellow1990 - Present
Maine State Bar AssociationReal Estate & Title Section1985 - Present
American Bar AssociationReal Property, Probate & Trust Section1980 - Present
Maine Bar FoundationElected FellowN/A
Maine Uniform Trust Code Drafting CommitteeChair2003 - 2006
American College of Trust and Estate CounselMaine State Chair2002 - 2007
American College of Trust and Estate CounselElder Law Committee1991 - 1995
Maine State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors1988 - 1995
Maine State Bar AssociationContinuing Education Committee1987 - 1992
Publication nameTitleDate
A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in MaineMarital Deduction Planning (Chapter)2012
Maine State Bar AssociationPracticing Under the Maine Uniform Trust Code2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey School of Law - CamdenLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Princeton UniversityPsychologyA.B.1971
University of Miami School of LawLawN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Elder Law and Estate Planning SymposiumTrust Protectors2012
New England Regional MeetingSpecial Needs Trusts2009
Annual Wealth Planning and Trust ConferenceCurrent Issues - Uniform Trust Code2008
Annual Trust ConferenceUniform Trust Code2008
Continuing Legal Education ConferenceUniform Trust Code2005
Continuing Legal Education ConferenceUniform Trust Code2005
Annual Wealth Planning and Trust ConferenceUnderstanding the Uniform Trust Code2005
Annual Trust ConferenceUniform Trust Code2005
ACTEC Fall SeminarEthical Considerations of File Retention and Destruction2005
Continuing Legal Education ConferenceUniform Trust Code2004
Charitable Gifting as Part of the Estate PlanWhat's New and What's on the Horizon?2000