Karen B. Lovell


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Karen B. Lovell has been assisting clients with estate administration and with personal planning since 1979. She works with individuals, couples and families to develop and implement plans that address issues such as business succession, tax minimization, continuing family ownership of vacation properties, blended and nontraditional families, and ongoing financial oversight for inheritances passing to children or to incapacitated adults.

Karen helps her clients address and resolve the challenges and controversies that often arise after a death occurs, and to avoid those situations through effective planning.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, 2006 to present. Maine State Chair, 2012 to 2017.
  • Best Lawyers in America, Trusts and Estates and Tax Law, 2005 to present.
  • Martindale-Hubbell Pre-eminent AV rated


  • Maine, 1979
  • United States District Court for the District of Maine, 1979
  • United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1983

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, 1998 – 2004; Board Chair, 2003-2004
  • Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, Fee Arbitration Commission, 1995- 2001; Panel Chair, 1998 -2001
  • Fellow, Maine Bar Foundation
  • Maine Estate Planning Counsel
  • Public Administrator for York County (Gubernatorial Appointment --- 1989 – present)
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • York County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Corporator, Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Thornton Academy, Saco, Maine, 1996 –present; Vice President, 2014 –present
  • Adjunct Professor, Trusts & Estates, University of Maine School of Law, 2007
  • Adjunct Instructor, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Paralegal Certificate Course, York County Community College, 2005 –2007


  • A.B. University of Michigan, 1970
  • J.D. University of Maine School of Law, 1979
  • Smith & Elliott, Saco, Maine, 1979 -- 1995
  • Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, Portland, Maine, 1995 -- 2015

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