Claudia Raessler, Lead Attorney/Founder
In choosing a legal advisor to help manage the challenges of running a business or addressing the life planning needs on behalf of yourself or a loved one, there is a value in having some background concerning the advisor beyond just credentials. After having worked for more than ten years as a registered nurse in a variety of healthcare settings and as an educator, Claudia pivoted. With family in tow, she attended law school at the University of Arizona with a focus on healthcare law and non-profits. With the additional experience and insight acquired in advising businesses and individuals both in commercial and non-profit settings, in 2019 she moved to mid-central Maine and established Raessler Law, P.A. While based in southern Maine, Claudia was a partner at a major Portland firm and later served in the role “of counsel”, inside of a small boutique specialty firm with a focus on bankruptcy and insolvency planning.
Today, the focus of Raessler Law is in addressing the planning needs of individuals and businesses with an emphasis on expanding the firm’s Elder Law services. Like much of our rapidly changing world, the meaning and concept of an “Elder Law” practice has also changed and expanded. Whether it is working with a family owned business or an individual client’s estate plan, it is no longer just about “drafting a will; a financial or healthcare power of attorney, or a self-settled trust” – it is about understanding a client’s short and long term objectives and then leveraging the expertise necessary to help the client put in place the steps that will address these objectives.
The Skowhegan mission statement, “A Place to Watch” speaks volumes to both Claudia’s entrepreneurial spirit and a desire for a legal practice to provide value as a community resource. Having completed her J.D. in 1987, Claudia acquired a Masters in Tax (LLM) at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She has served in a number of leadership and management roles during her legal career including advising boards of directors, working with economic development programs and navigating the challenges faced by a small family owned business. When she is not practicing law, Claudia is trying to become a somewhat competent knitter (a daunting task), is an avid reader and known to “binge watch” almost any Britbox mystery series.

Michelle Fate, Office Administrator

Michelle M. Fate joining Raessler Law, P.A. in 2020 assists in firm administration. Michelle arrives with an extensive and deep background in organizational coordination and project management. Her experience is the result of having worked in both the governmental and private sectors including a federally funded multi-state program with a core mission of supporting the economic growth of small business. While serving in the U.S. Army, Michelle completed certification as a paralegal in 2009 continuing on to graduate with a degree in Business Management in 2014. Outside of work, Michelle has a large and diverse family in mid-central Maine that she helps keep on track. Michelle can be reached at

Megan McDougall, Compass Bookkeeping & Accounting Consultants
Compass Bookkeeping and its principal, Megan McDougall provide accounting and financial 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.