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Maine Community Law Center Series

Maine Community Law Center Series

Tuesday Nights, Meeting Room # 3

In this series, attorneys from Maine Community Law Center will provide informative workshops on the following topics:

“They Can’t Do That! Can They?” – October 10/10/2017

Star Bergh, J.D. will present on knowing your legal rights in specific situations and how to enforce them civilly, to help you balance the power between yourself and law enforcement. We all rely on the police to keep us safe and treat us fairly, but few moments are as stressful as a police encounter. Nothing ruins your day faster than seeing flashing red and blue lights in your rearview mirror. This anxiety often comes from a place of uncertainty and intimidation. Most citizens don’t realize what their rights are, and unknowingly give those rights up out of confusion, pressure, or fear. Do you really have the right to refuse a search? Are you really free to leave? What rights do you have to record an officer? When can the police use a K-9 to sniff around your car, luggage, or person? What are your privacy rights regarding your cell phone? You have choices, and those choices are critical. Come learn when you should shut up, and when you should speak up.



Divorce After 50 – March 3/7/2017

Jaqueline Moss, Esq., will hold a discussion regarding divorcing after 50. Divorcing later in life presents different challenges than when divorcing or separating earlier in life.  Frequently, there is significant financial dislocation, especially if one spouse worked significantly less or not all to raise children.  People usually have acquired more assets by that age, and when divorcing, those assets need to be divided and reallocated.  This includes real estate, IRAs, 401(k)s, pensions, bank and brokerage accounts, and personal property.  If people own a business that business needs to be valued for the purposes of determining the value of the marital estate.  Lastly, divorcing when one has adult children presents different challenges than when young children’s parents are divorcing.  People often expect that because their children are “adults” the divorce will have minimal impact on them.  This is not true.  How parents present their divorce and their relationship with their children deeply affects most adult children.  Just because children are over the age of 18 does not mean that it’s easy for them to process or handle.


Breaking-Up is Hard to Do – May 05/02/2017

William Z. Adams, Esq. presents the view of a break-up, from “ten thousand feet.” This workshop will include an overview of the issues that may surface, whether the couple was married with children and property or if they were simply dating with no children or property. (The latter is much easier.) Some areas that will be addressed include: marriage vs. dating/life partners; children vs. no children; real property (houses, camps, etc.) vs. no real property; personal property that may be shared or not; debt that may or may not be shared; different tools the couple may use to help them resolve all of the aforementioned issues and where to get started.


Immigration: Fact versus Fiction – August 08/01/2017

Presented by Karen Bay Fox, Esq. Even before this era of “alternative facts,” it was hard to figure out what is and isn’t true in the ongoing dialogue about immigration. Do refugees get free cars? Does marrying a U.S. Citizen automatically get you a Green Card? (No to both.) Come with questions to see if what you’ve heard is fact or fiction. A particular focus will be on recent changes to the legal landscape—covering both what actually is different this year, and what is different than whatever the folks on Twitter might have you think. For those action-oriented among us, we’ll cover ways you can make a positive local impact.