TRUSTS & ESTATES ADMINISTRATORS
Julie E. Scala
Julie is a trusts and estates administrator with the firm, focusing primarily on estate and trust administration, including probate fiduciary accountings, estate and fiduciary tax return preparation, and estate tax returns. Julie also administers life insurance trusts for our clients. Before joining LeBlanc & Young in 2015, Julie spent 15 years in administration with a major telecommunications company. She is a 1996 graduate of the University of Maine, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education and a 1998 graduate of the University of Arizona, where she received a Master of Science degree in Physiological Sciences. In her free time she enjoys playing sports of all kinds and spending time with her family.
Nate is a trusts and estates administrator with the firm, focusing primarily on estate and trust administration, including probate fiduciary accountings, estate and fiduciary tax return preparation, and estate tax returns. Nate graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey with degrees in Creative writing and Criminology. After completing his undergraduate studies, Nate attended University of Maine School of Law in Portland, where he obtained his Juris Doctor, focusing on taxation and trusts and estates. Outside of work, Nate enjoys playing basketball in local leagues, playing tennis, and golfing when weather permits. During the winter months, Nate enjoys writing, reading, and playing cribbage.
PROBATE COURT PROCEEDINGS & SPECIAL PROJECTS PARALEGAL
Irene M. Tower
Irene’s primary paralegal duties include drafting and editing estate planning documents. 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. Irene spends as much time as possible outdoors and enjoys long early morning walks and hikes.
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.
Renee B. Lockhart
Renee is a legal assistant with the firm. She comes to us with over 20 years of customer service experience. Prior to joining L&Y, she was a Paralegal with a focus in elder law, estate planning, probate matter and MaineCare applications. Before getting into the legal field, Renee worked as a project coordinator for a national architectural software firm. In her free time, she enjoys nature, live music, and spending time with her family and dog.
RECEPTIONIST & ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR
Tonya is the firm’s Receptionist and Assistant Administrator. She is eager to meet the needs of our clients and staff with her previous experience supporting small businesses, startups, and large corporations. Tonya is a registered Yoga teacher and outdoor enthusiast invested in living life proactively while helping others in the community.
Laurie is the firm’s Office Manager. She graduated summa cum laude from Bryant University and spent 30+ years as a CPA in Connecticut, focusing on small business consulting and advisory services along with individual and corporate tax compliance. Her love for animals also led her to work as a farm hand and veterinary technician while maintaining her tax practice.
Laurie grew up vacationing in Old Orchard Beach and relocated there permanently in 2018 after her three children were grown and she had sold her tax practice.
Being an outdoor enthusiast, Laurie enjoys all that Maine has to offer for recreation, including skiing, hiking and bike riding.