Rachel W. Sears
At the end of the day, I want to do something connected to the community around me, which is why I came back to Maine and went to law school. I want to bring my experience to bear on the state I grew up in – and truly make a difference.
Rachel should have known when she took her LSATs that being an attorney was her calling, but it wasn’t until a decade and two jobs later that she applied to law school – a decision she considers the best she ever made. It turns out waiting to apply, however, was beneficial because her diverse background and professional experience have proved beneficial in her work as an attorney.
Rachel partners with individuals, couples, and families on the estate-planning front, providing an array of services including wills, trusts, advance healthcare directives, and powers of attorney. She’s also found a niche in solving family cottage/vacation property issues from setting up trusts and management documents to helping resolve disputes.
Rachel also represents parents of special needs children in a broad range of special education matters. She is committed to ensuring that qualifying students with disabilities receive the education services, accommodations, or modifications they are entitled to under state and federal law.
Prior to joining Murray Plumb & Murray, Rachel worked as a law clerk to Judge John A. Woodcock, Jr., of the United States District Court for the District of Maine. She served previously as a Senior Account Manager at Google and Presidential Management Fellow at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. She is originally from Cape Elizabeth and currently resides in Portland.
- University of Maine School of Law, Osher Scholar and summa cum laude
- Executive Editor of the Maine Law Review
- Stanford University, B.A., M.A.
- Hon. John A. Woodcock, Jr., U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
Bar & Court Admissions
- U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
- Planning for Incapacity: Advance healthcare directive and durable power of attorney
- Estate planning basics for new parents
- More from Rachel
Estate Planning: what every new parent should know
Who will manage your digital accounts when you’re gone?