What are the benefits of having a will?

A will protects your interests after you are gone.  If you want to make sure a certain person gets a special item, leave money to a favorite charity, or you want to have your close friend instead of a relative to receive most of your money or property, make a will.

If you do not have a will, state law will determine where your things go.  A will can prevent family and others from fighting about your property in court.


Are there any legal services for elder assistance and who do I call?

Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE) is a nonprofit organization that has been helping Maine seniors since 1974.  Their mission is to provide free, high quality legal services to Maine residents who are aged 60 and over.

You may reach an attorney by calling their Helpline at 1-800-750-5353 or the Maine State Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services at 1-800-860-1460.  You may also reach LSE at www.mainelse.org

Additionally, there may be benefits available from your former employer.  For example, State retirees only may contact the Living Resources Program which offers among other services legal/financial information and support at 1-844-207-5465.