NAELA member - National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
Certified elder law attorney through the National Elder Law Foundation under American Bar Association standards
CELA through National Elder Law Foundation (NELF)

Continuing Education Seminar: Estate Planning – Dec 18

October 16, 2017

Ms. Kienitz will be a speaker and presenter at the upcoming continuing education seminar put on by NBI, Inc.: “Estate Planning and Administration: The Complete Guide.” This two day seminar is geared towards lawyers, financial planners and accountants, and is being held on December 18, 2017 at the Courtyard Portland, Downtown/Waterfront (321 Commercial Street, Portland, ME)

For more information and to register, click here.

NAELA News magazine – Jul/Aug/Sept

September 20, 2017

Attorney Kienitz was quoted in a recent article in the NAELA News magazine, a publication of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. The article discusses possible changes to the MaineCare rules which would negatively impact seniors and NAELA’s advocacy. 

Read the full article here

Andy Valley Senior Expo – June 21

June 20, 2017

Hosted by Maine Senior Guide, the expo will feature music and antique appraisals, 35 exhibitors and the Speaker’s Gallery. Attorney Kathleen Kienitz leads a hands-on workshop on advanced directives. Participants will leave with a witnessed advanced directive.

Wed, June 21, 2017, 10 a.m.

Kathleen Kienitz at the Elder Law & Estate Planning Institute – May 5 & 6

April 1, 2017

Kathleen Kienitz will be a presenter at the Elder Law & Estate Planning Institute to be held at the Augusta Civic Center, May 5-6, which will be featuring nationally known expert on retirement benefits, Natalie Choate.  Ms. Kienitz’s topic will be on the use of Supplemental Needs Trusts in planning for people receiving disability benefits.–Estate-Planning-Institute.htm

Save the Date: Aging Well Living Well event

February 28, 2017

Elder Law Offices of Kathleen Kienitz will have a booth at the upcoming Aging Well Living Well event at Sunday River in October 2017 , sponsored by Seniors Plus. They will be handing out a lot of valuable  information relevant to elder law and estate planning as well as other goodies. Stay tuned for more details as the date approached.

For more information about Seniors Plus:

Kathleen Kienitz on Avvo – Rated 10 out of 10

February 27, 2017

Read about Attorney Kathleen Kienitz on, an online service to find legal help across the country, where her experience and firm is rated 10 out of 10.

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Annual Senior Expo – January 21

January 20, 2017


Elder Law Offices of Kathleen Kienitz is once again a presence at the annual Senior Expo fair held at the Ramada Inn in Lewiston: January 21, 2017, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Article in National Elder Law Magazine – Elder Law in Israel

January 18, 2016

Be sure to check out the November/December issue of the NAELA (National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys) News which features an article by Kathleen Kienitz about her visit to Haifa University in Israel to meet with Professor Issy Doron, a pioneer in the field of elder law in Israel.


Elder Law In Israel – NAELA News



New site launched

October 20, 2015

We are pleased to present our new, mobile-friendly website with improved navigation and expanded resources. Please check back often for updates in the field of elder law.

Radio Interview with Attorney Kathleen Kienitz

October 17, 2015

Attorney Kathleen Kienitz talks about her practice and how she came to elder law as a guest on The Breakfast Club on Lewiston/Auburn’s  z105.5

Listen to the interview here

New Article: The Interplay of Wills and Probate

“There is a lot of confusion about the workings of wills and the probate process. A common misconception is that if you have a will, your estate won’t have to be probated, when in fact, a will is the legal instrument to guide the probate process.”

Read the full article here

New Article: The Gender Conundrum in Long Term Care & Estate Planning

August 15, 2014

“The prospect of planning for long term care has become increasingly difficult for the majority of Americans who fall into the middle class . . . women face a unique set of problems in this arena.”

Read full article in here

Champion of Justice Award

May 30, 2014

Kathleen was awarded the Champion of Justice Award for 2014 by Legal Services for the Elderly at the Maine State Bar Association’s annual meeting on January 31, 2014. The plaque she received stated that she was recognized “for her ongoing commitment to provide pro bono services to seniors in Maine. Without the pro bono services provided by Kathleen Kienitz, many more of Maine’s most vulnerable elderly would go without legal representation.”

Kathleen Kienitz: Super Lawyer

November 26, 2013

Thompson Reuters Business selects Attorney Kathleen Kienitz as a 2013 Super Lawyer.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.”

Super Lawyer - Selected in 2013

Some Highlights of ELOKK’s day at the Aging Well Expo

October 4, 2011

The Aging Well Living Well Expo at Sunday River was a great success. There were ongoing seminars throughout the day, and we were among lots of venders where attendees could get valuable information and lots of goodies.

Here’s our table where we had lots of handouts, including a do-it-yourself Maine Advance Directives form. We also gave away (my favorite) pens and lots of chocolate.

It was great getting to know some of the other people and businesses that serve seniors in Maine.

There were many very informative seminars. Ours was on the documents that a caregiver should have as an alternative to guardianship

We presented a seminar on the documents that a caregiver should have for a family member who is facing incapacity and how guardianship and conservatorship proceedings work when advance planning wasn’t possible. But, there were plenty of fun sessions too, like this Zumba class.

A highlight of the day was a Chondola ride after lunch up to the summit at Sunday River. It almost makes me want to learn to ski.

Aging Well Living Well Expo – 9/30/11

September 29, 2011

Elder Law Offices of Kathleen Kienitz will be hosting a booth at this year’s Aging Well Living Well Expo at Sunday River. Kathleen Kienitz will also be lecturing on the topic of planning for incapacity.

Kathleen will be on the faculty of upcoming NBI seminar, MaineCare update 2011

February 7, 2011

The seminar will be geared toward:

  • Attorneys
  • Accountants
  • Insurance professionals
  • Nursing home administrators
  • Paralegals

The subject matter to be covered:

Do you have the most current information relating to the impact of the new MaineCare changes? Are you confident in your ability to advise your clients due to these developments? Join us at this seminar to not just learn what changes have been made, but also gain insight into how they will affect your clients. Get yourself up-to-speed – enroll today!

  • Help clients make smart financial planning decisions with a solid understanding of the new framework.
  • Avoid precedence conflicts by analyzing the federal reforms versus MaineCare policies.
  • Review the possible financial outcomes and get tips for helping with planning decisions in light of the MaineCare changes.
  • Guide clients through the MaineCare qualification process by knowing what’s involved.
  • Translate the recent MaineCare reforms into the day-to-day practice skills you’ll need to advise your clients.

Date: March 24, 2001
Place: Fireside Inn, Portland
Sponsored by: National Business Institute

More info at: NBI seminar website