Areas of Practice.
Hale & Hamlin’s attorneys often represent clients and lenders in all facets of residential and commercial transactions. We have many years of precedence drafting documents for these complex transactions. We advise on the division of real estate that are owned by multiple family members. Also, our attorneys are regularly involved in transactions involving land trusts.
Hale & Hamlin is an approved agent for First American Title Insurance, which is the largest title insurer in Maine.
probate & Estate Planning
Led by Attorneys Melissa Hale and Sally Mills, Hale & Hamlin offers comprehensive estate planning services to ensure that your estate is properly cared for. Our services include: Trust Advisement and Creation, Trustee services, Wills, Durable Power of Attorneys (Health & Financial), Probate Avoidance, Property Transfers & gifts, and Pre-Nuptial Agreements.
When you have been charged with a crime, you have the constitutional right to a lawyer and to a trial. Perhaps most important of all, you have the right to understand the charges and evidence against you, as well as to confront opposing witnesses. If you are seeking to take advantage of those rights, you have come to the right place.
Many of the differing types of civil litigation follow a similar process within the courts. However, we are conscious that some areas of litigation have their own unique aspects: such as the reliance on experts in personal injury cases, real estate litigation and construction litigation. Also, certain types of litigation often have compulsory arbitration clauses (such as litigation concerning construction contracts).
We represent clients in all Maine courts and Tribunals. We have been involved in briefing and arguing numerous appeal cases to the Maine Supreme Court. We have substantial experience in the compulsory mediation process and trial advocacy.
Land use and environmental regulation
As our knowledge about the impacts of human development on the environment grows, the regulatory landscape becomes more and more complicated for developers and environmentalists alike. As new controversies arise, specialized and knowledgeable litigation and administration becomes critical. Hale & Hamlin attorneys Sally Mills and Zachary McNally are experienced in handling many types of environmental regulation and litigation, including: Wetlands Fill Permitting, Stormwater Discharge Permitting, Aquaculture Permitting, Hazardous Waste Disposal Issues, Land Use and Development Permitting
Corporate & Business law
Hale and Hamlin's attorneys advise business clients on the formation and structure of their businesses, whether an LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp or Non-profit Corporation. Once your company is up and running, we may act as the agent for your corporation, drafting and filing of annual reports and other documents with the State of Maine to ensure your business remains in good legal standing. Our attorneys can also assist in the drafting and negotiating of contracts, real estate transactions, and ownership transfers.
Have a name in mind for your future company? Be sure to check with the State of Maine Corporate database to confirm your desired name is still available.
Our family law team comprises of four attorneys (Barry Mills, Justin Bennett, Sally Mills and Zachary McNally). Between us, we have more than 80 years of experience in representing clients in family law cases throughout the State of Maine, including issues such as: Parental Rights Disputes Between Married or Unmarried Couples, Financial Disputes, Child Custody Disputes, Divorce Proceedings, Protection from Abuse Orders, Adoption Proceedings, and Same-sex marriage.
Landlord / tenant disputes
We draft residential and commercial lease agreements. Also, we represent both landlord and tenants in court proceedings for issues including: evictions, rent arrears and recurring obligations.