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)

New Articles by Attorneys Kienitz & Poliquin Pross

May 11, 2019

Read two new articles posted in the Resources section of our website. Attorney Mia Poliquin Pross writes about the importance of durable financial power of attorney documents:

In my elder law practice, I find that people often misunderstand this document. I also see a lot of documents that are invalid or insufficient. This is sometimes discovered when it’s too late . . .

Attorney Kathleen Kienitz outlines the differences between Advance Directives and Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Directives:

One of the reasons there is confusion surrounding this issue is that these are two separate forms with two very different objectives . . .

For these articles and more, visit our Resources page.


Seniors! Read This Before Gifting a House!

April 18, 2019

Read a guest blog post by Attorney Mia Poliquin Pross, Esq. at Maine Source Homes & Realty about the gifting of homes:

… unless one has enough money to privately pay for residential or nursing home care for at least five years after making such a gift, the results can be disastrous.

Read more here.

New Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Section on Website

December 13, 2018

We are pleased to announce a new website update and helpful tool for those seeking answers to common questions about elder law, and how to begin work with an elder law attorney:

Best of L/A 2019

November 30, 2018

Elder Law Offices of Kathleen Kienitz featured in the Best of L/A 2019 Profile Series featuring the best business of Lewiston/Auburn, Maine

THE ELDER LAW OFFICES OF KATHLEEN KIENITZ, PA provides affordable, caring and effective legal services in estate planning and elder law, and estate and trust administration. Attorneys Kathleen Kienitz and Mia Poliquin Pross foster long-term relationships with their clients. Kathleen is one of only four elder law attorneys in the state of Maine certified under American Bar Association standards by the National Elder Law Foundation … read more read more

New & Improved Office Building

October 15, 2018

We are proud of our historic building on Main Street in Lewiston. If you pass by, take note of the beautiful new front porch built by Bob Turgeon Construction this summer.

New Resource: Getting the Most Out of Your Social Security

October 12, 2018

Read a helpful new guide by Attorney Kathleen Kienitz about maximizing Social Security retirement income.

Read the full article on here.

Welcome Pat Warner, Legal Assistant

August 15, 2018

We’re happy to announce the addition of Pat Warner, legal assistant to our staff. She brings many years of experience as assistant register at the Oxford County Probate Court.

Summer Legal Sessions by Attorney Kienitz

June 20, 2018

Attorney Kathleen Kienitz conducted a do-it-yourself advanced directives session at the Andy Valley Senior Expo which was held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Auburn in June. She also conducted a session at the Auburn Parks and Recreation Facility on financial abuse and scams.

Welcome Attorney Mia Poliquin Pross

February 28, 2018

Kathleen Kienitz is pleased to announce that Mia Poliquin Pross, Esq. has joined the firm as associate attorney.  She has years of experience in finance, health insurance, social policy, and advocacy on behalf of health care consumers.  She earned a Juris Doctor in 2004 from the University of New Hampshire School of Law.  Read more about Attorney Poliquin Pross here.

Attorney Mia Poliquin Pross, Esq.

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.

Kathleen Kienitz, PA on


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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