Our Maine Estate Planning Law Firm

About Us

Estate planning involves more than just writing a will and placing it at the back of a drawer. It’s an active process of evaluating your needs, keeping track of your assets, and determining what legal actions need to be taken to meet your goals. Good estate planning can make all the difference to you and your family–and the earlier you start the process, the better.
At Jackson & MacNichol, we are passionate about helping Maine families plan for the future. We have seen firsthand how a well planned estate can enable a family to prosper, or give a person with special needs the tools to live in dignity throughout their life. We have also seen how bad estate planning can tear a family apart. With these high stakes in mind, we approach every estate planning case with our full determination and energy.

About Our Estate Planning Law Firm

Thinking About Your Estate Plan Now Can Give You Peace of Mind.
No matter your age or occupation, it’s almost never too early to start an estate plan. An unexpected illness might incapacite you and make you unable to manage your finances, business, and health care decisions. And even if you already have an estate plan, a change in your family composition because of a death or divorce could throw a wrench in how you envisioned the sharing of your assets after your passing.
Waiting too long to start thinking about your estate may limit many of the benefits of estate planning. By acting early, you and your estate planning lawyer can anticipate and prepare for more of life’s possible twists and turns. Jackson & MacNichol founding partner Francis Jackson tells us of his clients: “Once they execute a precise plan, you can see the relief in their faces.”
The relief we bring to our clients goes far beyond simply writing up their will and trust documents. We understand that life events could bring significant changes to how you want your estate handled upon your passing. That’s why we seek to develop a proactive and ongoing relationship with each of our clients to ensure that your needs–even ones you might not have anticipated–are being addressed.

Alexandra “Alex” Jackson

Estate Planning Attorney

The Jackson & MacNichol estate planning practice includes Alexandra “Alex” Jackson, a cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. Since graduating, she gained significant experience helping Maine families plan for their future. And to develop her skills even further, she recently attended the Heckerling Institute of Estate Planning. With her deep knowledge of tax, elder, and business law, Alex is well positioned to effectively plan for a variety of estates–from the simplest to the most complex.

Walter “Jim” Morse

Estate Planning Attorney

This desire to help others is shared by Attorney Walter “Jim” Morse: “I’ve always viewed the law as a tool with which people can improve the quality of their lives. For me, that’s the most compelling part of law practice, being able to help people in that process.” Jim earned an LLM in elder law after obtaining his Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law. Before joining Jackson & MacNichol, he maintained a solo practice in Maine focusing on family and elder law.
Joannie Peterson

Joan “Joanie” Peterson

Joan “Joanie” Peterson was admitted to the Missouri Bar in 2008. Prior to attending Law School, Ms. Peterson served as a Nurse Corp Officer in the
United States Air Force. She was commissioned in 1985 and served as a flight nurse accruing hours in C-130, C 141, and C-9 Aerovac aircraft until her unit, the 36 AEF, was disbanded in 1993. Ms. Peterson then served as an Air Force Reservist to the 442nd Medical Group at Whiteman Air Force Base. Ms. Peterson remained as a member of the 442nd Medical Group through 2011, when she transferred to the Missouri Air National Guard to become a Wing Group Commander.

While serving as a Reservist, Ms. Peterson had a very successful civilian career. She practiced family/probate law, became Director of Risk Management and Legal/Regulatory Compliance for two Kansas City area hospitals, and ultimately became the Executive Chief Nursing Officer. Colonel Peterson retired in 2015 from the Air Force after 30 years of service, and is very happy to have this role to utilize all her passions and talents for Veterans with disabilities.

Sabrina Hobbs

Sabrina holds a J.D. from the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia. Prior to law school, Sabrina attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, where she earned a B.S. in Political Science/Pre-Law with a minor in Business Administration. Upon graduation from college, Sabrina obtained her paralegal certificate and her Master’s Degree and worked as a paralegal in the fields of personal injury, asbestos litigation, medical malpractice, and employment law. After working for several years as a paralegal, Sabrina decided to pursue her law degree.

While in law school Sabrina was very active in Appalachian School of Law’s community service program and served as a volunteer in local community events. Sabrina spent her summers gaining experience as a student attorney at Legal Aid of Northern Virginia and the Office of the Public Defender in Warrenton, Virginia.

Upon graduation from law school Sabrina moved back to Northern Virginia and began practicing law, specializing in corporate, personal injury, and bankruptcy law. For the last couple of years, Sabrina’s focus has been veterans disability law. After spending a year at the Board of Veterans Appeals as Associate Counsel, Sabrina turned her attention to advocating on behalf of the Veteran. Sabrina knows firsthand the sacrifices that military families make because she comes from a military family. Sabrina is driven to advocate on behalf of those who have served our country.

When not working, Sabrina enjoys traveling and spending time with her pets, family members, and friends.

Sabrina Hobbs
Chris McGhee

Christopher McGhee

Chris McGhee retired as a Master Sergeant after twenty years of active duty service in the United States Air Force. His career began as an F-16 Crew Chief culminating as a Lead Production Superintendent for an Aircraft Maintenance Unit. Throughout his military career, Chris was recognized for his leadership, problem-solving abilities, and integrity.

After his service, Chris moved to Maine and worked for the Veterans Upward Bound program at the University of Southern Maine. In his role as an Academic Advisor, Chris directly supported first-generation college veterans as they pursued post-secondary education across the state.

In 2019, Chris began his first year at the University of Maine School of Law. In addition to his rigorous studies, he took on the role of Student Veteran Liaison, helping to introduce potential students to Maine Law and assisting incoming veteran students with their transition.

During his time in law school, Chris’s commitment to service members was evident. Through research and Freedom of Information Act requests, he found possible links between specific military roles and an increased risk of suicide. Recognizing the importance of his findings, he collaborated with Senator Angus King’s office. Their collective efforts contributed to a section of the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act, which calls for an in-depth study of military suicides by job category. The results of this study are expected by the end of 2023.

Chris is now finalizing his Master of Laws (L.L.M) degree, an advanced legal degree, for a Fall 2023 graduation. His focus during this advanced study is on information privacy and employee benefits law. Currently, as an attorney at Jackson & MacNichol, Chris specializes in Veterans Disability law.

His military experience and dedication to veterans’ rights make him a committed advocate for those he serves.

Our Other Practice Areas 

Veterans’ Benefits and Social Security Disability

While we specialize in Asset Protection and Estate Planning, we also represent disabled Veterans fighting to get their benefits from the Veterans Administration and  disabled individuals who need benefits from the Social Security Administration. If you or someone you know needs help with a claim before the Veterans Administration or Social Security, follow the links above or visit www.jackson-macnichol.com.

Call a Maine Estate Planning Lawyer For a Free Consultation Today

Whether you need to start an estate plan from scratch, or you want to modify an existing one, the estate planning lawyers of Jackson & MacNichol are ready to assist you. To see the full range of estate planning services we offer, read about the types of case we handle here. We understand that selecting and working with an estate planner is a big step, so we offer free initial consultations at 207-360-8889.


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