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.
Martin Womer

Martin Womer, Esq., Legal Advisor

Marty is an elder law attorney who is nationally known for his participation in ElderCounsel, LLC and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA). Marty is a 1975 graduate of Colby College with a BA cum laude in Chemistry and began his career as a research chemist. Volunteer service chairing his town planning board and comprehensive plan committee, and serving as a board member, then as administrative director, of Coastal Mountains Land Trust, convinced him to enroll in the University of Maine School of Law, from which he received his JD degree in 1997. Caregiving for his mother after the death of his father convinced him to concentrate in estate planning and elder law. In 2007, Marty founded Maine Center for Elder Law, LLC, a specialty elder law and estate planning firm based in Kennebunk, Maine. From 2010 to 2018, Marty was also a faculty member for ElderCounsel’s three-day “Elder Law Immersion and Practice Building Camp”, which was taught at various locations around the US three or four times per year. He has chaired or co-chaired the Maine State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section several times over the past two decades. NAELA has published two articles by Marty in NAELA News, and Marty was the featured NAELA member in one of the issues.

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.
Mary Marlar

Mary Marlar, Office Administrator

Mary graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Health Services Administration from the University of Central Florida and went on to work in admissions for post-acute rehabilitation facilities learning the ins and outs of continuing care. She also has administration experience working in an Immigration law firm. Helpful and diligent are 2 ways to describe her working style.