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Bonnie S. Gould

Heritage Law, PLLC

Bonnie S. Gould

Heritage Law, PLLC

Bonnie S. Gould

Heritage Law, PLLC

Bonnie is a graduate of the University of Maine, Orono (1990), Beal College (1991) and UNH Law (1996). Upon graduation Bonnie served as a judicial law clerk to the Maine Superior Court. She was admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Maine and New Hampshire in 1996, and Massachusetts in 1997.Bonnie previously worked for a public accounting firm in Portland doing trust and estate tax work before opening her own law practice in Southern Maine in 2001. Bonnie was an adjunct professor of Paralegal Studies at Husson University from 1999 until 2010.Bonnie served as a Maine state representative and then went on to do communication and policy work for the Maine Senate Republican Office before being elected by the Maine Senate to serve as the Assistant Secretary, a position which she resigned in June of 2010 to join Hastings Law Office, in Fryeburg, Maine, where she worked for four years, before re-establishing her own practice in Cornish. While with the Maine Legislature Bonnie received a fellowship and completed a program for Senior Executives in Government at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Bonnie is a charter member of the South Berwick-Eliot Rotary Club, former club Secretary, and former Chair of the South Berwick Zoning Board of Appeals, former Director of the Greater Lakes Region Bridgton Chamber of Commerce, former Affiliate of the White Mountain Board of Realtors, and is Past President of the Fryeburg Area Rotary Club.  She is also a former member of the Board of Directors for Maine Educational Services in Portland, Maine, and Children Unlimited in Conway, New Hampshire. Currently, Bonnie is President of the Rotary Club of Ossipee Valley, NH; a member of the Fryeburg Business Association,  a member of the Cornish Area Businesses, and a member of the Quint-Cheney American Legion Auxiliary-Unit 87. Through the National Institute for Business, Bonnie has co-written and presented seminars for Maine paralegals and attorneys in the areas of estate planning, probate, and trust and estate taxation. Bonnie's practice areas include estate planning, probate administration, divorce and parental rights, corporate formation and real estate.

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Cornish, ME 04020

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Norway, ME 04268

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How to Qualify for Medicaid

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Distinguish the key concepts in estate planning, including the will, the trust, probate, the power of attorney, and how to avoid estate taxes.

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Grandchildren

Learn about grandparents’ visitation rights and how to avoid tax and public benefit issues when making gifts to grandchildren.

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Guardianship/Conservatorship

Understand when and how a court appoints a guardian or conservator for an adult who becomes incapacitated, and how to avoid guardianship.

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Health Care Decisions

We need to plan for the possibility that we will become unable to make our own medical decisions. This may take the form of a health care proxy, a medical directive, a living will, or a combination of these.

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Distinguish the key concepts in estate planning, including the will, the trust, probate, the power of attorney, and how to avoid estate taxes.

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Grandchildren

Learn about grandparents’ visitation rights and how to avoid tax and public benefit issues when making gifts to grandchildren.

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Guardianship/Conservatorship

Understand when and how a court appoints a guardian or conservator for an adult who becomes incapacitated, and how to avoid guardianship.

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Health Care Decisions

We need to plan for the possibility that we will become unable to make our own medical decisions. This may take the form of a health care proxy, a medical directive, a living will, or a combination of these.

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Long-Term Care Insurance

Understand the ins and outs of insurance to cover the high cost of nursing home care, including when to buy it, how much to buy, and which spouse should get the coverage.

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Medicare

Learn who qualifies for Medicare, what the program covers, all about Medicare Advantage, and how to supplement Medicare’s coverage.

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Retirement Planning

We explain the five phases of retirement planning, the difference between a 401(k) and an IRA, types of investments, asset diversification, the required minimum distribution rules, and more.

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Senior Living

Find out how to choose a nursing home or assisted living facility, when to fight a discharge, the rights of nursing home residents, all about reverse mortgages, and more.

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Social Security

Get a solid grounding in Social Security, including who is eligible, how to apply, spousal benefits, the taxation of benefits, how work affects payments, and SSDI and SSI.

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Special Needs Planning

Learn how a special needs trust can preserve assets for a person with disabilities without jeopardizing Medicaid and SSI, and how to plan for when caregivers are gone.

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Veterans Benefits

Explore benefits for older veterans, including the VA’s disability pension benefit, aid and attendance, and long-term care coverage for veterans and surviving spouses.

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