TRUSTS & ESTATES ADMINISTRATORS
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.
Taryn K. Adams
Taryn is a trusts and estates administrator with the firm, working in areas that include 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.
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 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.
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer
Tara A. Weller
Tara is the firm’s Chief Operating and Financial Officer. She oversees 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.
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 E. 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.
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, and before that, as a veterinary technician in both emergency and general practice.
Renee is an avid animal lover and resides in Southern Maine with her three dogs. When she’s not working, she enjoys working on home projects, the ocean, the arts, and gardening.