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 in 1987. Always looking for the next intellectual challenge, she attended and earned an L.L.M. in tax from the University of Florida in 1989 and with a move to Maine has practiced in both a large and boutique law firm setting for the last thirty years. In 2019, Claudia found herself in mid-central Maine with a desire to build and continue practicing a profession that is incredibly rewarding. As a result, and with the her combined experiences in healthcare and the legal world, Raessler Law, P.A. was established and is now serving the area and beyond with a focus on growing and expanding Elder Law services utilizing both in-person and technology driven resources. As part of its services, in 2021 Raessler Law became the first Maine member of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association, a national organization focused on the continuum of needs facing seniors. With a Wellness Coordinator on staff to provide additional leadership and expertise in this area - the Firm is looks forward to developing the ancillary services that complement the legal needs of seniors and those individuals engaged in a life planning process.
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.
Mary Marlar

Mary Marlar, Office Administrator/Life Care Coordinator

Mary graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida, and then went on to work for post acute rehab & long term care facilities. With over 6 years of experience working as an Admissions Director and Hospital Liaison, she then went on to obtain her certification in Elder Care Coordination through the Life Care Planning Law Firms Association, and now specializes in Wellness Planning for those who need help or have questions when it comes to developing a care management plan that will ensure all the necessary services & resources are in place for whatever may arise. Mary is diligent and helpful when it comes to navigating the complexities and difficult decision making of ongoing wellness management. She's passionate about educating and creating care options that please all parties involved, and when she's not working you can find her gardening or somewhere on a yoga mat.

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.