Claudia Raessler, R.N., J.D. and LLM in Tax
Expertise and Empathy are descriptors that Claudia hopes are the takeaways for anyone with whom she has had the chance to provide legal services or work with whether it is a client, another attorney, a financial consultant or industry expert. The practice of Elder Law – transitions in lifestyle and managing the accompanying financial impact – are the basics of Raessler, Law and its Elder Law practice. But this type of practice is also about projecting into an unknown future often without a good road map; planning for the special needs of family members; and other critical issues such as access and payment for healthcare. To be of value in this practice area requires a high degree of expertise balanced against life experiences and a mind-set that at the end of the day, the practice is about individuals.
After more than ten years as a registered nurse and with a passion to problem solve, Claudia returned to law school earning her J.D. at the University of Arizona and subsequently attended and earned a graduate degree in tax at the University of Florida. In 1989 and with a re-location to Maine, It is this combined “expertise” that she relies on to plan and respond to a client’s legal needs, leverage the Law Firm’s growing areas of expertise and volunteer within the communities where she has lived. In 2019 and a move to mid-central Maine, she founded a small firm that month over month has grown in clients, the types of matters the firm is handling within its areas of expertise and expanded its business and community relationships.
When she is not practicing law, Claudia is an avid reader and traveler (pre-COVID), known to binge watch most any Britbox mystery series and working on those connections for a family spread across the U.S. There is a rumor she is going to try her hand at tapestry weaving to compliment her somewhat lackluster skills in handknitting. If you want to start a conversation with her outside of law, ask her about supply chain management and U.S. manufacturing in textiles.
Lisa Stewart-Boettcher

Lisa Stewart-Boettcher, Senior Paralegal

Advocacy and Experience are two adjectives describing Lisa, the firm's Certified Senior Paralegal. When one first meets Lisa, she frames the discussion about her start in the law around a personal story requiring patience, expertise, and, ultimately, the skill and wisdom to advocate effectively on her own behalf. Lisa has spent 25 years practicing directly with a supervising attorney and providing preparation and research support in a wide range of practice areas – family law, probate, elder abuse, collections, criminal, real estate, and insolvency matters. Lisa’s focus within the firm will include specific and traditional practice areas ranging from estate planning to probate court. The real value a client will see is in her dedication to finding solutions, diligence, and problem-solving.
Lisa attended the Madison Area Technical College of Wisconsin, the Professional Career Development Institute in Atlanta, and worked extensively with domestic abuse situations including serving two appointed terms for the State of Wisconsin’s Governor’s Council on Domestic Abuse.
Outside of work, Lisa is an avid hiker and enjoys home canning of fruits and vegetables from her garden.

Megan McDougall, Compass Bookkeeping & Accounting Consultants

Diligent and Friendly are two adjectives that describe Megan. Compass Bookkeeping and its principal, Megan McDougall, provide accounting, financial and HR services to Raessler Law. Megan joined the Accounting world in 2008 after graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management and Accounting & Finance from the University of Southern Maine. She has always had a passion for Finance and quickly worked her way into Finance Management for her prior companies. She is a Certified Tax Preparer, a Certified Quickbooks ProAdvisor and a member of the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers. Outside of work, Megan enjoys spending time with her family and running her own Photography business.