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McCandless & Coburn LLC, a Trust and Estate Law Firm
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Elizabeth T. McCandless – Admitted to practice law in Maine and New York

Betsey McCandless - Fellow,
American College of Trust and Estate Counsel
- Highest Martindale-Hubbell Rating (A-V)
- Listed in the Best Lawyers in America
- B.A. in Government, Franklin & Marshall College, 1977
- J.D. Hofstra University School of Law, 1982; Associate Editor, Hofstra Law Review

Betsey began her legal career in New York City, working there from 1982 to 1985. She moved to Maine in 1985 and joined Pierce Atwood in Portland. In 1992 she co-founded Maine's first boutique trusts and estates firm, McCandless & Hunt, which is now known as McCandless & Coburn.

Betsey is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), a national professional organization to which she was elected in 1995. She was a member of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court's Advisory Committee on Probate Rules for nine years, serving as Chair from 1996 through 2003. She was Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the University of Maine Foundation. Currently, Betsey serves as a Trustee of the Diocesan Funds for the Episcopal Diocese of Maine and also serves as a Director of the Hospice of Southern Maine, a hospice program in York and Cumberland Counties, which operates the Gosnell House in Scarborough. She frequently lectures on charitable giving, estate administration and estate planning.

Betsey has three adult children. The daughter of a lighting and scene designer, Betsey loves art. Painting (watercolor and oil) and traveling top her list of favorite activities.

Sarah B. Coburn – Admitted to practice law in Maine

Sarah Coburn - A.B., with honors, in Public Policy and American Institutions, Brown University, 2000
- J.D., Northeastern School of Law, 2005

Sarah started her practice in Maine with Bernstein Shur in 2005 and joined McCandless & Coburn in 2014 after leaving Verrill Dana LLP as a partner. Sarah serves as the Clerk of the Board of Directors for the Friends of Casco Bay, is a member of the Executive Committee of the Maine Bar Foundation, a member of the Planned Giving Committee for the Maine Medical Center and a member of the Maine State Bar Association Trusts and Estates Section. Sarah is a frequent lecturer and author on various topics including estate planning and charitable giving.

Sarah and her husband Brendan live on Munjoy Hill with their daughter, Emeline. In her free time, Sarah is an avid skier and golfer.

Justin S. Coffin – Admitted to practice law in Maine

Justin Coffin - B.S. in Political Science, University of Maine at Orono, 2006
- J.D., cum laude, University of Maine School of Law, 2009
- LL.M., Boston University School of Law, 2014

Justin spent the first two years of his professional career at a general practice law firm in mid coast Maine. Justin and his family moved to southern Maine when he took a position at Macpage, where his primary focus was fiduciary tax, business transactions and non-profit planning and compliance. Justin joined McCandless & Coburn LLC in 2015 as an associate.

Justin graduated from University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Political Science before attending the University of Maine School of Law in Portland where he graduated cum laude in 2009. In 2014, Justin received his LL.M. in Taxation from the Boston University School of Law.

Justin is a member of the Maine State Bar Association, ABA and serves as Treasurer of the Cumberland Bar Association. Justin, his wife Briana and their two children live in the Portland area and enjoy reading, music and exploring all the interesting things the world has to offer!

Kevin Cassidy - Senior Estate Planning Paralegal

Kevin Cassidy - A.B. in English and the Classics, magna cum laude, Bowdoin College, 1985
- Phi Beta Kappa Society

Kevin began his career as an estate planning paralegal in 1986 at Pierce Atwood, where he worked for ten years. He joined Betsey's firm in 1996 and continues to assist the attorneys at McCandless & Coburn in drafting estate planning documents. Kevin is a board member of the Alpha Delta Phi Society Literary Fund at Bowdoin College, and serves on the selection committee for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Cup. A native of Houlton, Maine, Kevin now lives in Brunswick with his wife, Lisa Fink, and their daughter. Kevin took up running with his son, an accomplished runner and recent graduate of Tufts University, and now competes regularly in 10K races and half marathons.

Kimberly Dunfey - Estate and Trust Administrator

Kim Dunfey- B.A. in Psychology, cum laude, University of Maine, 1982

Kim began her career as a trust and estate administration paralegal with Betsey in 1995, and continued working in the field until she rejoined Betsey's firm in the summer of 2010. Prior to becoming a trust and estate administrator, Kim worked in the ski industry in Vail, Colorado, and as a crew member on a private charter sailboat based out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. She continues to enjoy sailing and skiing with her husband, Sean, and two adult sons.

Ann Kirner - Senior Trust and Estate Administrator

Ann Kirner- B.A. in Political Science, cum laude, Marymount College, 1970

Ann has worked in Portland as a trust and estate administrator since 1985, beginning her career at Pierce Atwood. In 1994 she joined Betsey's firm where she continues her work on complicated estates. Ann and her husband, Tim, live in Cape Elizabeth. They enjoy weekend escapes to Swan's Island in the warmer months and visits with their three children and five grandchildren throughout the year.

Samantha Labrie - Estate and Trust Administrator

Ann Kirner - B.A. in English and Business, Skidmore College, 1990

Samantha has worked for many years as a trust and estate administrator in the Portland area. She began her career at Jensen, Baird, Gardner & Henry before joining Betsey in 1996. After a temporary relocation to England and time at home with her small children, Samantha rejoined Betsey in 2009. She enjoys outdoor sports year-round. Her favorite activities are boating, hiking, and skiing. Samantha and her husband live in Cape Elizabeth with their two sons.

Paula Lorello - Legal Assistant

Paula Lorello Paula Lorello is a Portland native who has worked at law firms in the city for over 30 years. She joined Betsey McCandless's firm in 2000. Paula now lives in Gray with her husband, Tom. Their adult son, Matthew, lives in the Boston area. Paula and her family enjoy boating, swimming, hiking, camping, gardening and golf.

Martha Mallick - Estate Planning Paralegal

Martha Mallick- B.A. in English, Westminster College, 1969

After working as the business manager for a large South Portland church, Martha joined Betsey in 2002 where she assists the lawyers with trust matters including non-judicial settlement agreements, marital rights agreements, trust modification proceedings and the preparation of gift tax returns. Martha and her husband, Michael, live in Cape Elizabeth and have three adult sons and two granddaughters. They love to travel and have visited all 50 states and all of the major league ballparks.

Mindy Russell - Paralegal

Mindy Russell - B.A. in Psychology, University of Connecticut, 1977
- Paralegal Certification, Hartford College for Women, 1991

Mindy has worked in the legal profession for 28 years, first in Connecticut and then for Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine, beginning in 1996. Sarah Coburn and Mindy began working together in 2008. She has worked in Trusts and Estates for the last eight years and joined McCandless & Coburn LLC in 2014. Mindy and her husband live in Gray, Maine, and are avid gardeners and bakers, selling their breads and other baked goods at the Cumberland Farmer's Market on Saturdays during the summer.