I am a lawyer, not a baker, so sugar coating is not a service I offer.

My practice is client oriented, providing compassionate and dependable direction you can rely on with honest advice and tenacious representation.

Practice Areas

Divorce and Separation

I understand the sensitive and difficult nature of family law matters.  I can help you navigate the emotional and legal issues in all aspects of divorce and separation.  

Criminal Defense

If you are charged with a crime in Maine, you need an tenacious criminal defense attorney to navigate our impersonal and unpredictable justice system. 

Estate Planning

I can help you put your wishes into action to ensure that your wishes are followed, including wills, simple trusts, powers of attorney and advance medical directives.

Parental Rights & Responsibilities

I will help you navigate the emotional and difficult legal issues in all aspects of custody, child support, parentage, paternity and parental rights/responsibilities.

Small Business Formation

I can help you form your new limited liability company or incorporate your new business and get you off to the right start.

Protection Orders

I can help you navigate the protection from abuse and harassment process in Maine to resolve the pressing issues you need assistance with.

Shelley P. Carter

Maine Attorney –

The boring required part:  I was born and raised just outside of Washington D.C. in Falls Church, Virginia. I finished college at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and graduated with honors. I graduated from Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota with honors and was on Law Review. The more interesting part: while I was born south of the Mason-Dixon Line, I made it to Maine as soon as I could. I am grateful to be a Yankee by choice! I have been a practicing attorney for over two decades and I can safely say having spent the majority of my career in Maine, I am here to stay. Maine is definitely the way life should be!

It helps that the loves of my life, my husband Jonathan, my daughter Willow and my four-legged best friend, Baxter live with me in Fryeburg, Maine. If you are willing to indulge my mama bear pride, please check out my singer-songwriter daughter’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/willowcarter.  Please also check out my husband’s music website where you can hear covers by both of them, individually and together as well as enjoy Willow’s originals:  bluewillowtreestudio.com/music.

While my office may be small, I can help you with a wide range of legal matters.  My practice is varied as a rural country lawyer, which keeps my legal skills sharp.  I am the only female attorney practicing in my town and for a radius of approximately twenty-five miles. If I had to describe the majority of cases I handle, it would be family law and criminal defense matters.  I also handle business formation, simple estate planning and protection orders. I do not handle landlord/tenant matters, municipal litigation, real estate matters, real estate litigation, complicated estate planning, personal injury, workers compensation, social security disability or bankruptcy matters.

Give me a call today at 207.935.1950 if you’d like to schedule a consultation to discuss your legal matter. My practice is client oriented, providing compassionate and dependable direction you can rely on with honest advice and tenacious representation.  You should be prepared to tell me all of the facts surrounding your legal matter and feel safe in doing so.  I keep secrets for a living and promise not to judge you.


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Law Office of Shelley P. Carter, PA

110 Portland Street

Fryeburg, Maine 04037


* please note our practice is limited to maine *