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Practice Areas

Legal support for New England.

Areas of Practice

 

Alternative Dispute Resolution

The increasing expense, time and energy consumed by judicial litigation of disputes has encouraged the use of alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation, early neutral evaluation, and arbitration. Depending on the priorities of the participants, each method may provide an acceptable alternative to litigation. see more


CIVIL LITIGATION

Our firm's five litigation attorneys collectively bring over 70 years of experience, a solidly developed relationship with and knowledge of area courts, their workings and personnel. This knowledge and practical experience often leads to timely results, benefitting our clients. If litigation is required, Strout & Payson is known as a firm that provides aggressive and intelligent advocacy. see more


CRIMINAL LAW

Strout & Payson's Criminal Law Group represents clients in District and Superior Courts throughout Maine. Representation is available for misdemeanors and felony matters. The attorneys at Strout & Payson assist clients with Operating Under the Influence, other motor vehicle-related charges, and drug offenses. see more


ESTATE PLANNING 

Estate planning creates a plan for the distribution of an individual's property upon death. Without a will, property will be distributed pursuant to State of Maine laws. The best way to ensure that your property will be distributed pursuant to your wishes is to create a will.  Our attorneys discuss the best plan for you, including how to minimize tax implications for your estate. see more


MUNICIPAL LAW

Strout & Payson has an experienced municipal law attorney. Patrick has served as counsel to a number of Maine municipalities, including zoning and planning boards. He has assisted municipalities in responding to requests for ordinances, determining their legality, as well as drafting, adopting, and implementing ordinances. see more


Bankruptcy

Strout & Payson now offers advice in financial matters, workouts and representation in Chapter 7, 11, 12 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings.  We bring nearly 20 years of experience representing individuals, businesses, farmers and fishermen in finding practical solutions to their financial problems. see more


CONSTRUCTION LAW

Strout & Payson Construction Law Group is an experienced team committed to providing effective and competent counsel to all participants in the construction process, including contractors, subcontractors and suppliers, owners, developers, construction managers, design/builders, and engineers. The practice is local and statewide in scope. see more


EMPLOYMENT & WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAW

Representing employees and employers in various types of employment disputes, we provide counsel to our business clients in numerous aspects of employment law including discrimination, harassment, personnel policy development and review, employment agreements, and discharge issues. see more


FAMILY LAW

Strout & Payson's Family Law Group has experience in all aspects of family law: divorce, post-divorce, and parental rights matters. Representation extends through Maine's case management docket, mediation, and contested court proceedings, if necessary. Appeals to Maine's Law Court are handled should the need arise. This practice area needs one more sentence for spacingsee more


PERSONAL INJURY LAW

If you have been hurt in a car accident or you are dealing with injuries as a result of someone else's negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. The complexity of dealing with insurance adjusters, doctors and other experts can oftentimes be all-consuming. We skillfully navigate all this to resolve your claim. see more


REAl ESTATE LAW

Strout & Payson's attorneys represents both buyers and sellers, property management firms, businesses and individuals in all types of commercial and residential real estate matters, including in real estate transactions, leases, contract and deed drafting, negotiation, real estate litigation, landlord and tenant disputes, partition actions, easement and permit disputes, and other land use issues. see more


BUSINESS LAW

We take pride in providing guidance for our clients from the inception of their business through periods of growth and transition. We assist in analyzing business opportunities, advise on the corporate form they should utilize, and all matters concerning corporate governance, contracts, and employment agreements. see more


Collections/Creditor Rights

We assist individuals, businesses, and financial institutions with the collection of their debts. This representation includes mortgage foreclosures, enforcement of the rights of secured creditors under Maine's Uniform Commercial Code, the recovery of money judgments, and the use of all available remedies afforded by Maine law to collect money judgments. see more


ELDER LAW

Our attorneys advise clients with regard to methods of preserving assets of an individual in the event they are required to enter a nursing home. We are experienced in the prosecution and defense of guardianship proceedings; counseling clients with regard to health care planning and the preparation of living wills. see more


LAND USE

Strout & Payson attorneys regularly assist clients in obtaining all federal, state, and local approvals for development projects throughout Midcoast Maine. We counsel our clients on zoning, subdivision, site approval, wetland, and shoreland requirements, and we appear before state and local regulatory agencies and planning and zoning boards. see more


LANDLORD/TENANT LAW

Strout & Payson has extensive experience in dealing with all aspects of residential and commercial leases. We put that knowledge to work to assist clients, regardless of whether they are tenants or landlords, in the preparation of leases and rental agreements, and the prosecution or defense of eviction proceedings.  see more


PROBATE LAW

Maine has 16 probate courts, one for each county. Each Probate Court has an elected judge. These courts sit without a jury. Matters before the Probate Court include estate administration, guardianships for both adults and minors, conservatorships, name changes, adoptions, and others. We are experienced in these areas and are available to assist clients with all necessary filings, or represent you at hearings. see more