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James H. Young, II

Jay is a founding partner of LeBlanc & Young.  He began practicing law in 1977 focusing primarily on trusts and estates, and has served the Maine community with expertise and distinction for the past four decades.  He has a varied practice, and enjoys representing a diverse clientele from a broad range of backgrounds, with wide-ranging needs.   Many of his representations span several generations of the same family, as he helps the children and grandchildren of longstanding clients after a close association with older generations.

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Jay has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine School of Law, teaching a course on estate planning, and he continues to teach and mentor his colleagues at LeBlanc & Young, sharing his deep knowledge of the law and its practical application.  He has helped younger generations of lawyers understand the important role of the lawyer as a trusted family counselor and advisor.  Jay has also served on the Probate Rules and Forms Committee and as Chairman of the Probate Section of the Maine State Bar Association.

Jay has been a fellow of The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) since 1990. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Maine Estate Planning Council. Listed annually since 1995 in The Best Lawyers in America, Jay is also recognized in Super Lawyers and New England Super Lawyers, and has an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Best Lawyers named Jay as Portland, Maine’s Trusts and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” for 2017. Jay was recognized as a Leading Individual in Band 2 by Chambers’ High Net Worth Guide for 2018.

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Jay and his wife, Martha, live in Falmouth, where they raised their two children. He has two young grandchildren, who keep him on his toes. He is active in his community, having served on the boards of various charitable organizations over the course of his career, and as a member and Chairman of the Town of Falmouth School Board. Jay is the upright bass player for the Don Roy Ensemble, a Franco-American fiddle trio.  He has played on “A Prairie Home Companion”, at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, national folk festivals, and every Grange Hall in Oxford County.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1977); Editor, Georgetown Law Journal
  • Cornell University (B.A., 1969)

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1977

Honors

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Included in Best Lawyers
  • Included in Super Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC)
  • Portland, Maine Trusts & Estates Lawyer of the Year 2017 (Awarded by Best Lawyers)
  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Band 2 rated in Chambers’ High Net Worth Guide, 2018
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