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including - Ethics: 1.00
This seminar meets the requirements of the Certifying Board for Legal Assistants of the National Association of Legal Assistants, Inc., for 6.0 hours, including 1.0 ethics, of continuing legal assistant education self-study credit required to maintain the CLA (Certified Legal Assistant) credential.
PARKE A. BURMEISTER is a member of Drummond Woodsum's Trust and Estate Planning Group, working with individuals and families to draft wills and trust instruments, develop estate plans, and administer estates. He also works with businesses, particularly smaller businesses and family-owned entities, assisting them with a range of needs. Mr. Burmeister has been recognized by New England Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for his work in these areas. In his trust and estate practice, he works closely with clients to truly understand their most important objectives and concerns. Mr. Burmeister prepares wills, trust instruments, powers of attorney, health care directives, intra-family agreements, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, guardianship and conservatorship documents, and all types of related documents. When a friend or loved one passes away, he assists clients through all aspects of the probate process. Prior to joining Drummond Woodsum, Mr. Burmeister built a successful boutique law practice in Portland's Old Port focused on estate planning and small business matters. He is a former Harvard Mediation Program mediator, and credits his mediation experience for helping him hone critical communication and conflict resolution skills. Mr. Burmeister uses these skills, and his ability to connect with clients on a deeply personal level, to help families avoid the types of conflicts that can emerge in the context of estates, and to help resolve disagreements when they do arise. He received his B.A. degree frim Colby Collee and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Maine School of Law, where he served as a Teaching Fellow for the Property and Contracts courses. Mr. Burmeister was also an editor of the Ocean and Coastal Law Review. He currently serves as Secretary of the Maine State Bar Association's Mediation Section, volunteers for the Maine Women's Fund Marketing Committee, and is a Board Member of the Portland Ballet.
ELIZA NICHOLS is an attorney at LeBlanc & Young, P.A., where she practices in estate and trust administration and tax return preparation. She started as an estates and trusts paralegal. Ms. Nichols is a member of the Maine State Bar Association and the Maine Estate Planning Council. She received her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and her J.D. degree from the UCLA School of Law.
MICHAEL OSTERBY is a clerical specialist with the Penobscot County-Probate Court in Bangor, Maine, where he has worked since 2016. Prior to working at the probate court, he worked in private practice for 4 years, assisting a local attorney who handled mainly family law and criminal defense, but did some work in probate matters as well. While working in private practice, Mr. Osterby was a guest lecturer at Husson University. He presented to a law office management course, as well as to interns in the legal field. Mr. Osterby subsequently supervised interns from the Husson University Legal Studies Program. He is a graduate of Husson University, where he obtained his A.S. degree in paralegal studies. Mr. Osterby is also a notary public for the state of Maine.
JAMES E. SMITH is an attorney at the Law Office of Stoddard L. Smith, P.A. His practice focuses on estate planning and administration, real estate, elder law and business matters. He is a member of ElderCounsel, LLC. Mr. Smith received his B.A. degree from Hamilton College and J.D. degree, with honors, from Vermont Law School, where he was a member of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and a fellow for the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law. He is admitted to the Maine, New York and New Jersey bars.
SUZY WORSTER is deputy register at Penobscot County-Probate Court. She was sworn in as deputy register of the Penobscot County Probate Court in January of 2018, where she is presently employed. Ms. Worster was employed by the Law Firm of Ferris, Dearborn & Willey in Brewer, Maine, from April 1992, as a legal assistant to Joel A. Dearborn, Esq. and Joseph L. Ferris, Esq., until the firm's dissolution in 2001. She continued her employment with attorney Dearborn, also completing her paralegal studies at Husson University during that time, and was his lead paralegal, working 26+ years with him until the end of 2017. Ms. Worster has been commissioned as a notary public since April of 1992; was a paralegal affiliate with the American Association for Justice while working with attorney Dearborn; and she has been a member of Informed Notaries of Maine since October, 2007. She sat on INM's Board of Directors for two years and served as secretary for a year and a half.