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Eliza M. Nichols

Education

  • UCLA School of Law (J.D., 2005)
  • Oberlin College (B.A., 2000)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 2008
  • California, 2005 (inactive)

Recognitions

  • Board Member, Maine Estate Planning Council
  • Member, Maine State Bar Association

Eliza joined LeBlanc & Young in 2013. She is a skilled practitioner, well-versed in trust and estate law, and brings good judgment and a wonderful personal touch to all of her cases.

Eliza is a Maine native, and grew up on Mount Desert Island and in Kennebunk. She began her legal practice in California, working at a large law firm in Los Angeles in commercial litigation. She later focused her practice on trusts and estates so that she could work more directly with individuals and families.

She is experienced in all aspects of estate planning, estate and trust administration, and related areas. She helps her clients achieve their estate planning goals, whether simple or complex, and always aims to understand each client’s unique needs and implement comprehensive and appropriate strategies. She is adept at guiding family members though the estate and trust administration process, preparing estate tax and fiduciary income tax returns for estates and trusts, and counseling fiduciaries and beneficiaries with regards to both the routine matters and the more unusual issues that may arise.

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Eliza has her undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She attended Phillips Exeter Academy. Eliza currently serves on the board of the Maine Estate Planning Council, and is a member of the Maine State Bar Association. She also serves on the board of the New England Suzuki Institute (NESI), a summer camp for young musicians.

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She lives in South Portland with her husband and two young sons. She plays the violin (often with her children), practices yoga, and spends as much time as possible enjoying Maine’s natural beauty.