Whether you’re planning for yourself or someone else, the resources below are vital when it comes to organizing and settling an estate in Maine.
Advance Directive Form
Order Death Certificates
Death Certificate instructions for Maine. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Death Certificate ordering information.
Digital Estate Planning Laws
Law: LD 846 Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act
Description: The Act establishes procedures, standards and legal responsibilities to ensure the proper management andprotection of digital assets and communications, consistent with federal requirements.
Status: Approved on April 4, 2018; Effective July 1, 2018
For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Digital Estate Planning Laws.
Death With Dignity Legislation (a.k.a. Aid-In-Dying or Physician-Assisted Death)
On June 12, 2019, the governor signed the Maine Death with Dignity Act (LD 1313) into law, which authorizes "a person who is 18 years of age or older, who meets certain qualifications and who has been determined by the person’s attending physician to be suffering from a terminal disease...to make a request for medication prescribed for the purpose of ending the person’s life. The bill establishes the procedures for making these requests, including 2 waiting periods and one written and 2 oral requests and requires a 2nd opinion by a consulting physician." The law goes into effect at the end of 2019.
For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Death With Dignity Legislation.
Organ Donation Registries
Maine Organ Donation registry official link. For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Organ Donation registries.
POLST (Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment) Form
For other states, see our complete list of state-by-state Probate Laws.
Estate And Inheritance Tax Rate
- The top estate tax rate is 12 percent (exemption threshold: $5.6 million)
For estate and inheritance tax in other states see our complete list of state-by-state Estate And Inheritance Tax Rates.