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Hanscom & Collins, P.A
Attorneys At Law

10 School Street
PO Box 664
Rockland, ME 04841-0664


Telephone: 207-594-4421
Fax: 207-594-1413


Stephen W. Hanscom:
Edward M. Collins:
Willard D. Pease:
Jesse D. Rutter:

The attorneys at Hanscom & Collins, P.A. of Rockland have served as trusted advisors to local families and businesses since 1901. By offering extensive knowledge and experience in many practice areas, we are a community resource whatever your legal needs may be.


We represent clients throughout the state with a focus on Knox, Lincoln, and Waldo counties. We represent clients in all Maine Courts including Probate Court, District Court, Superior Court and before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and US Federal Courts.


History of Firm

Hanscom & Collins, P.A. is a highly respected law firm that has been providing the best in legal representation to the people of Maine since 1901. Alan C. Bird, Esq. established the firm in 1901. Mr. Bird was instrumental in the development of many institutions in the Mid-Coast area, including the water company, rail service and the cement and mining industries.


His partner, Samuel W. Collins, Jr., served the mid-coast Maine community for forty years as an attorney. He also served as the Majority Leader of the Maine State Senate and as a Justice of the Maine Supreme Court.


Our attorneys, Stephen W. Hanscom, Edward M. Collins, Willard D. Pease and Jesse D. Rutter are proud to follow in our predecessors footsteps and have served as officers and board members of many charitable institutions. These include The Farnsworth Art Museum, The Georges River Land Trust, Rotary, Rockland Kiwanis Club, The Maine Bar Foundation, the Oyster River Bog Association, Midcoast Ducks Unlimited, Baxter Park Wilderness Fund, Mid-Coast Mental Health, Salvation Army Board, The North Haven Foundation and The Knox County Bar Association.

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the recent passing of Attorney Edward M. Collins, partner in our law firm and dear friend. The cause of death was a heart attack, and was very quick.

Ed was an important part of our office and the community at large, and will be sorely missed. Our attorneys Stephen Hanscom and Jesse Rutter will do everything possible to ensure smooth transition and to continue to serve all of Ed’s clients as we move forward together.

For those who would like to attend the services, visiting hours will be held Thursday, December 19 from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland. A celebration of life will be Friday, December 20 at 11:00 a.m. at the Samoset Resort. You may read the full obituary at villagesoup.com, bchfh.com, or in the Maine newspapers Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time. If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment with Stephen and/or Jesse, please contact the office and we will be happy to set that up. You can call 207 594-4421, or email info@fourlawmaine.com. If you prefer to contact either attorney directly their emails are: hanscom@fourlawmaine.com for Stephen, and rutter@fourlawmaine.com for Jesse.

10 School Street, Rockland, ME 04841 • 207-594-4421