BANGOR, Maine — Amy Faircloth is running for Penobscot County probate judge.
Most people will use the services of a probate court at some point in their lifetime. By presiding over the trials in probate court which decide adoptions, termination of parental rights connected with adoptions, will disputes and guardianships and conservatorships over minors and incapacitated persons, the probate judge helps families through life changes.
If elected as Penobscot County Probate Judge, Amy Faircloth will use her legal, community and personal experiences to ensure that:
- The court is courteous and responsive to the public and treats all those who come before it with respect.
- The court is accessible and convenient to use.
- Cases are processed in a timely manner and actively managed by the court to avoid unnecessary delay.
- The court faithfully adheres to relevant laws and procedural rules.The court gives individual attention to cases and decides them without undue disparity or delay.
- If appropriate the court incorporates alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation.
Who is Amy Faircloth?
Amy has practiced law and lived in Penobscot County for over 25 years. She is an experienced family law trial attorney and has participated in many trials in probate and district courts throughout the state. She has two adult sons.
In 1987, she served as the law clerk for the Penobscot County Superior Court and worked 7 years as an attorney with Vafiades, Brountas & Kominsky in Bangor.
In 1995 she started the law firm of Pelletier & Faircloth in Bangor with Dawn Pelletier, with whom she continues to practice, focusing on family law and probate law.
She is the attorney for the Penobscot Nation Child Support Enforcement Agency and the Legal Advocate for the Penobscot Nation Domestic Violence Program.
Amy was a consulting author of the updated Legal Guide for Maine Grandfamilies prepared by Maine Kids–Kin and is the co-author of Wicked Good, a novel about a mother and her 15-year-old son with Asperger’s Syndrome (a form of autism).
She has extensive experience advocating through the special education system and has volunteered as a foster parent and adoption counselor for the Bangor Humane Society and for The Greater Bangor Bark for Life, an American Cancer Society fundraiser.
Amy is a board member of the Bangor Humane Society and a school board member of RSU 22, which encompasses Hampden, Winterport, Newburgh, and Frankfort. She is a board member of the Southern Penobscot Regional Program for Children with Exceptionalities.
She is a committee member of the Maine Citizen Review Panel, the mission of which is to assure that the community is being appropriately served by the state child protection agency.
Amy’s legal background, community involvement and personal experiences make her uniquely qualified for the job of probate judge.