Daniel J. Eccher

Daniel J. Eccher

Levey, Wagley, Putman & Eccher, P.A.
  • Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate ...
  • Maine
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Biography

I enjoy helping clients with estate planning and probate administration of estates. I particularly like helping people plan for long-term care while protecting their assets for their families. Let me help you and your family plan for the years ahead.

Education
University of Maine - School of Law
J.D. (2014) | Law
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Honors: Pro Bono Publico Award
Activities: MAPIL, Health Law Association
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Boston University
MPH (1999) | Epidemiology and Biostatistics
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Vassar College
B.A. (1996) | Biology
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Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
Activities: College Choir and Madrigal Singers
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Professional Experience
Managing Shareholder
Levey, Wagley, Putman & Eccher, PA
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Principal
Eccher Law, LLC
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Assistant Attorney General
Maine Office of the Attorney General
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HHS Division
Associate Attorney
Weeks & Hutchins, LLC
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Awards
Katahdin Counsel
Maine Supreme Judicial Court
Pro Bono Publico
University of Maine School of Law
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
- Current
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Maine State Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Maine
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1st Circuit
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Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Practice Areas
    Elder Law
    Estate Planning
    Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
    Probate
    Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Legal Answers
Q. Got a lease 10/1/20 for 1 year and month to month after. Landlord passed 01/21. Haven't heard a peep. He lived in NY.
A: You are in a very tenuous situation; you should be looking for a new home for both you and your parents that you can afford. It seems as if you have paid for repairs, but you have not guarantee that you will ever be reimbursed for that. Do you know how much the mortgage payments are? If you are having trouble keeping up with what the rent would have been, you would likely have trouble paying for the mortgage. I am not sure why you would say that your "retired parents would be screwed trying to find a new place." Many apartment facilities are specifically geared toward seniors (55 plus), and if they have a low income, they may qualify for subsidized housing. Try getting help from your Area Agency on Aging (Spectrum Generations/Muskee Center): https://www.spectrumgenerations.org/ Your parents may also be able to get guidance from the Waterville Housing Authority: https://www.watervillehousing.org/
Q. How can I protect my home and only be able to leave it to my son in my will and not his wife in case they divorce?
A: You should sign a Will that names your son, alone, as the beneficiary of your home. You could also register a "transfer on death deed." The most effective (and expensive) would to put the house in a trust for your son's benefit. You should consult with a lawyer who practices both estate planning and real estate law.
Q. Is a Living Trust good for me.
A: Your situation seems to lend itself to a "testamentary trust" - that is, setting up a trust for the benefit of your brother in your will. That way, your estate could benefit him for the rest of his life (if he survives you), and you could say where the remainder goes after he passes away - sort of a "win-win." You should definitely talk to a lawyer about helping you achieve your estate planning goals, especially because you do not want your nephew to inherit from you (which he likely would if you do not carefully prepare an estate plan).
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161 Main St, Ste 1 - A
161 Main St, Ste 1 - A
PO Box 7
Winthrop, ME 04364
Telephone: (207) 377-6966
Fax: (207) 377-2445