Our Staff

Fiduciary Services Administrator

Karen Hart, CPA, MST

Karen M. Hart, CPA, MST

Karen is responsible for coordinating the firm’s fiduciary services, including estate and trust administration and all tax returns. Karen graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, earned her Master of Science degree in Taxation from Thomas College, and received her CPA certificate in 1999. Prior to joining LeBlanc & Young, Karen worked for over 25 years in public accounting. Karen is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Karen is a member of the board of trustees for Mercy Hospital, and is a board member and past president of the Maine Estate Planning Council.

Trusts and Estates Paralegals

Nancy True

Nancy G. True

Nancy is our Senior Estates and Trusts Paralegal, focusing primarily on estate and trust administration, including fiduciary accounting and tax return preparation. She works very closely with our clients and is sensitive to their needs. Nancy has been with LeBlanc & Young since the firm was founded in 1995.

Nancy graduated from the Plus Gray School of Business in 1971, and has worked in the trust and estate field since that time, having worked fourteen years in the Trust Department of Casco Northern Bank and over nine years as a paralegal with a large Portland law firm. Nancy is detail oriented and has a thorough understanding of probate and tax laws. She has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1992, and served as State President for 2010-2011. She is currently the Treasurer of her local American Legion Auxiliary in Gray, is a member and current Treasurer of the Gray Historical Society, and is a member of the VFW Auxiliary.

Taryn Adams

Taryn K. Adams

Taryn is a paralegal with the firm, focusing primarily on estate and trust administration, including probate fiduciary accountings, estate and fiduciary tax return preparation, and estate tax returns.

Taryn has worked in public and private accounting since 1984. She was a trust officer at H. M. Payson & Co., and then worked at Monahan Associates before joining LeBlanc & Young. Taryn graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences at Valparaiso University and received a Masters of Arts degree from The Ohio State University. She earned her CPA certificate in 1984 and in 2006 obtained the designation of Certified Trust and Financial Advisor.

Sandra Chipman

Sandra L. Chipman

Sandy is a paralegal with the firm, focusing primarily on estate and trust administration, including preparation of estate and fiduciary tax returns and estate tax returns. In addition, Sandy handles preparation of deeds and business entity documentation, and maintenance of corporate, LLC and partnership record books for our clients.

Sandy is a 1995 graduate of Andover College in Portland, where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting, and a 1989 graduate of the University of Southern Maine, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. She has worked in the legal field since 1990.

Estate Planning Paralegal

Kristin P. Barry

Kristin is a paralegal with the firm, focusing primarily on the drafting of estate planning documents.

Before moving back to her native Maine, Kristin practiced law for five years in Washington, D.C., focusing on advertising and marketing law. Kristin is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Georgetown University Law Center and is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Maryland. A long-time competitive distance runner, Kristin coaches youth cross country in Scarborough and boys and girls cross country at Cheverus High School.

Probate Court Proceedings and Special Projects Paralegal

Irene Tower

Irene M. Tower

Irene’s paralegal duties include conservatorships, guardianships, MaineCare planning, formal Probate Court proceedings including modifications, interpretations and other disputes, legal research, and special projects. She has worked in the legal field since 1984, with a primary focus in estate planning and probate.

Irene earned her paralegal certificate in 1995 from the University of California Santa Cruz Extension, where she later served on the faculty, teaching estate planning and probate. She served on the Executive Board of Santa Cruz County Legal Professionals Association for over 10 years, and was Probate Examiner for Santa Cruz County Superior Court from 1998 until moving to Maine in 2003.

Controller

Tara Weller

Tara A. Weller

Tara is the firm’s Controller, and is involved in the financial management, human resources, technology planning and operations of the firm. Tara graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received her CPA certificate in 2001. Prior to joining LeBlanc & Young, Tara spent 8 years in public accounting.

Tara is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Legal Administrators.

Legal Secretaries

Barbara Hunt

Barbara E. Hunt

Barb is a legal secretary with the firm, and has been a professional secretary since 1979. Prior to joining LeBlanc & Young, she worked as a Judicial Secretary for the Maine Supreme Court, as Executive Secretary to the Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at Saint Joseph’s College, and as a legal secretary at a large Portland law firm. Barbara has served as Chair of Lake Region High School’s Project Graduation Committee, and coached girls’ softball in Naples for several years.

Teresa Stevens

Teresa A. Stevens

Terri is a legal secretary with the firm, and has worked in the legal field for over 25 years. Prior to joining LeBlanc & Young, Terri worked most recently at a Portland law firm for over 15 years, with a focus on corporate law and estate planning. Terri is passionate about our environment and the well-being of animals.

Jeffrey P. Huot

Jeff joined LeBlanc & Young in January 2016. Jeff has been serving as a legal assistant in the greater Portland area for 13 years, most recently as a litigation assistant in the field of foreclosure law. Jeff graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Legal Studies from Andover College in June 2003, and was honored to receive the President’s Cup at graduation. When not working, Jeff enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

Receptionist

Julie E. Scala

As the firm’s receptionist, Julie is the welcoming face of LeBlanc & Young. Julie worked most recently in the telecommunications industry for over 15 years. She is a graduate of the University of Maine and the University of Arizona with degrees in health-related fields.

Julie is an avid runner and cyclist who can be found participating in and volunteering at races throughout Southern Maine.