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The Law Office of Mark Standen Welcomes Attorney Matt Altieri

We are delighted to announce that Matt Altieri, Esq., has joined the office to practice in estate planning, estate and trust administration, and appellate litigation.

Matt counsels clients across the income spectrum in all areas of estate planning, assisting young families just getting a start in life, couples with sizable estates, and older adults looking to preserve assets and plan for their sunset years.  Matt loves that estate planning allows him to meet people with a wide variety of interests, perspectives, and goals for their future.

Matt previously practiced in complex commercial litigation at Pierce Atwood, where he represented clients in high-profile disputes in state and federal court. He will continue to take on a small number of litigation matters, representing individuals and entities in appeals from municipal and state agency decisions, and from trial court decisions.  

Prior to working at Pierce Atwood, Matt served as law clerk to Chief Justice Leigh Saufley of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, Maine’s highest court.  Matt lives in Pownal with his wife, Alice, and their three young children.  He chairs the Planning Board and is an active member of Pownal’s unique, rural community.

Other Articles
March 29, 2022
The Basics - Selecting a Guardian for Minor Children
One of the biggest motivations many younger families have for putting together a will or trust is to have control over who will serve as guardian of their child or children if both parents die. This is obviously an enormous decision – bigger by far than the “who gets what” question that occupies so much time and energy in estate planning. Unfortunately, it is also one with which many parents struggle.
The Basics: Deciding Whether to Use a Revocable Living Trust
At Standen Law, our goal is to work with you to establish a plan that works for you and your family. Unfortunately, much of the law of wills and trusts is buried in legal jargon. Through "The Basics," we offer plain-language explanations of many of the key considerations estate planning clients should make. One of the significant decisions clients face in estate planning is whether to use a will or a revocable living trust (with a simple “pour-over” will). In this article, we explain the differences between these tools and the costs and benefits of each. We begin by explaining what each device is, then review the more important pros and cons of each, and finally offer some preliminary observations about how many clients choose whether a revocable living trust is a good choice.
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