Small Business, Guardianship and Elder Law Resource
Claudia Raessler, Esq.
Dorothy followed the yellow brick road to a journey of self-discovery. I can personally tell you that starting any new venture is a trip down the yellow brick road, whether the method is traveling a yellow brick road, starting a small business or launching a law firm. One needs vision, brains, courage and in the areas of law in which I am most passionate, a heart and how best to use it.
I've discovered much about life, the law, and myself during my career and I'd like to think I have a measure of all these qualities. I started in healthcare, have been a partner in two major law firms, and managed two small businesses. Now the time has come for me to merge my experiences and passions to serve the community my husband and I now call home by opening and growing my own law firm.
Purpose of this blog
In the coming weeks and months, I will use this blog to tell you more about me, the Raessler Law team, and the legal issues I believe of are importance to you, your families and your businesses. I want you to get to know the Raessler Law team as lawyers and staff you can trust and people, you'll recognize with lives much like yours. We believe these will be people you'll feel comfortable talking to about the issues and problems where you need professional help, but who will approach your concerns with a human touch.
Get to know us
I'll start with a few items about me that you might find important as you look for a lawyer in the areas of small business and elder care law. Then I'll tell you about my personal vision for the firm. I'll continue this twice-monthly conversation and invite you to respond with comments and questions. Now here are a few juicy (kidding) tidbits about me.
My husband and I have lived in Skowhegan for going on 3 years. We have a blended family that includes six. And although we have lived in several locations, our roots and hearts have always been focused on the communities where we live and work. As the “founder” of Raessler Law, my bio speaks to not only practicing law, but that I've also participated with my husband in owning and running small businesses from a small farm to a manufacturing operation. It's been noted in professional journals that the practice of law combined with practical experience can help with leadership, decision-making and the never-ending challenges of understanding the complexities of small business ownership.
Get to know the firm and what we can do for you
The practice areas we offer focus mainly on small business, elder care, adult guardianships and supported decision making. However, speaking to the area of elder care in the 21st century requires some discussion. Yes, we will help you with the classically understood definition of elder care and guardianship law. But the picture of aging has changed dramatically and continues to do so. Assuming good health, senior citizens are no longer happy sitting in a rocker out of sight. As noted in the Sept/Oct. issue of MIT Technology Review, “Old Age Is Over!” 
Raessler Law is here to help you transition into your next stage of life in whatever way you define it. Some of our clients are as active as they were in the 40s and 50s and upon retirement interested in starting new ventures and entering the world of entrepreneurship. Others are looking for help in preparing documents involving guardianship. We're here to assist with all your needs and pleased to give advice when the choices overwhelm you.
Technology puts us at your fingertips.
Raessler Law has the feel of a small-town firm with the reach of the big dogs. We are wired up to serve you online wherever you live, with the tools to serve your needs virtually and personally. At the same time, we understand there is a niche for a firm like ours and if the complexity or problem demands it, we will assist to leverage the “right” outside resources.
Blog Schedule and Future Topics
We'll be posting every two weeks. Following are some of the areas we will cover. In the meantime, e-mail us at [email protected] if you have some hot topics or questions you'd like us to address.
October/November: The Small Business Series - continuation of the “Cash Flow” story and legal considerations in choices of how to do business, financing options, thoughts about sustainability, and steps in an unwinding strategy if it is time.
December: The Elder Law – a series on the legalities of aging starting with the basics. What is elder law today?
Resources of Interest:
 MIT Technology Review, The Longevity Issue, Sept./Oct. 2019, Vol. 122, No. 5