Richard J. Abbondanza is a partner in the Portland law firm of Hopkinson & Abbondanza. He received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College, cum laude, and his law degree from Catholic University of America. Mr. Abbondanza regularly speaks on the subjects of estate planning, retirement planning and real estate and business succession planning. He is admitted to practice in all Maine courts. He is a member of the Maine Estate Planning Council, WealthCounsel, a national association of estate planning attorneys and advisors, and a graduate of the two-year Laureate Program of the Southern California Institute. He currently serves on the Boards of North Yarmouth Academy and Lift360 (the successor to the Institution for Civic Leadership). He has served as an Adjunct Lecturer for Merrimack College’s CFP estate planning review course and also on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine and Woodfords Family Services.

For over 20 years Hopkinson & Abbondanza has represented successful clients who make things happen; they are people who work hard, who build businesses, invest in opportunities, and wish to leave legacies for their community and the next generation. Their clients’ needs range from improving corporate compliance for the transition of a major multi-generation family business to a simple will, or a real estate closing for a first- time home buyer.

Hopkinson & Abbondanza is a boutique law firm. They are the right size to serve their clients efficiently and effectively in estate planning, real estate and business matters. They collaborate with other law firms and professionals both in the legal field and in fields where they do not practice. Their collaborative advisors have developed their own expertise and when they work together, clients gain access to some of the best minds in the community and around the country. The professionals at Hopkinson & Abbondanza train with thought-leaders in estate planning, asset protection, land-use ideas and business development and planning. See more at



John E. Nale, Esq. is a practicing Maine Elder Law attorney with offices in Waterville. He is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Maine State Bar Association, serving as Co-Chair of the Elder Law Legislative Affairs Committee. John previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of Lakewood Continuing Care Center and as Volunteer President of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging (M4A), a statewide organization made up of the five Area Agencies on Aging that serve Maine's 200,000 plus seniors. In 2010, John was selected Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Professional. John speaks frequently to professional and community groups regarding long term care planning, estate planning, advance directives and MaineCare/Medicaid planning.



Mark J. Nale, Esq. is an Elder Law Attorney at Nale Law Offices in Waterville.  Mark has been practicing law in Maine for 32 years.  He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1980 and from University of New Hampshire School of Law in 1984. His area of practice is limited to Elder Law, including probate administration. 

He is a member of the Maine State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section and Trust and Estate Section and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  Mark speaks frequently to professional and community groups regarding long term care planning, estate planning, advance directives and MaineCare/Medicaid planning.  He serves on the Heritage Board of the Alfond Center.  Mark is a past Board President of Hospice Volunteers Waterville Area and past Board President of Alzheimer’s Association –Maine Chapter.