Jana Magnuson

Jana Magnuson deeply engages in her work with individuals (including singles and widowed individuals), couples (including non-married couples and same-sex couples) and families (including young families with new children) to prepare solid and flexible wills, trusts, durable powers of attorney and health care directives. She also assists her clients with specific objectives such as creating special needs trusts and tax shelter trusts; transferring business holdings and real estate; making gifts; structuring premarital agreements; and securing guardianships and conservatorships.

Jana particularly enjoys crafting settlement agreements and judicial solutions to fix ambiguous and other “problem” trusts to better achieve trust purposes, and working with parents and siblings to create trusts and limited liability companies for strong and flexible multi-generational ownership of family camps and cottages.

In addition to advising personal representatives and trustees on administration of Maine probate estates and trusts, Jana frequently represents nonresident estate executors in ancillary probate proceedings to transfer Maine real estate.  She also advises trust companies and individual trustees with respect to trustee discretionary decisions and other trust actions, and nonprofit organizations on matters relating to their activities and tax-exempt status.

Honors & Distinctions
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Trusts & Estates Law (2022)
  • Since 2019, recognized by Chambers High Net Worth Guide for Private Wealth Law
Civic Activities

Jana has an active pro bono practice preparing estate plans for terminally ill hospice patients of limited means, and has received the Pierce Atwood McKusick Community Impact Award for that work. She is a member of Pierce Atwood Pro Bono Committee, the Edward T. Gignoux Inn of Court, the Maine Estate Planning Council, and the Maine Medical Center Planned Giving Committee.  Jana presents at continuing legal education programs of the Maine Bar Association and other organizations.  She is also President and Board Member of the LARK Society for Chamber Music.