Laura Shortill Curtis has a general practice focused on trust, estate, and probate law, including guardianships and adoptions. Laura particularly enjoys helping clients pass family properties and businesses to a new generation of ownership. She helps clients protect their assets such as their homes, savings, artwork, collections, as well as copyrights, trademarks and patents. She advises on the tax consequences of gifts and transfers. She works with clients who have second marriages and who may have children from prior relationships create tailored estate plans that balance their desire to provide for their new spouse and their children or other relatives. These kinds of plans may include the adoption of a step-child, the crafting of a pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreement, or the creation of a life estate or trust to direct property to children after the death of a spouse.
Laura joined Strout & Payson in 2018 after practicing trust, estate and probate law in Penobscot and York counties. Laura graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 2014. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 2007. Laura comes from a lawyering family: her father and uncles practiced personal injury law at Shortill & Shortill, PA in Sanford. Laura now lives with her husband, Paul and daughter in South Thomaston.
UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor, 2014
•Moot Court. Recipient of "Prize Brief Award," 2011 Maine Law Moot Court Competition (respondent).
• Student Attorney, Intellectual Property Clinic, Maine Law Center for Law and Innovation, Portland, ME
• Student Attorney, Penobscot and Piscataquis County District Attorney, Bangor, ME
• Intern, U.S. Attorney, Appellate Division, Portland, ME
A.L.B., Extension studies in Classics, cum laude, 2007
Membership & Affiliations
•Maine State Bar Association, Member Trusts and Estates Section
Community & Public Service
•Director, New Lawyers Section of the Maine State Bar Association, 2014-2017
• Governor, Board of Governors of the Maine State Bar Association, 2016-2017
• Member, Advisory Commission on Maine’s Adoption of the Uniform Bar Examination (UBE), 2016
• Maine State Bar Association
• Commonwealth of Massachusetts