Linda L. Bean, seen here in 2009, died in March. She was 82. Gregory Rec/Staff Photographer

ROCKLAND — L.L. Bean heiress and businesswoman Linda Bean has left her estate to her three sons and two other people, according to her will, which was filed in probate court Thursday.

The value of the estate is not listed in the will but based on the $62,200 filing fee paid by the estate on Monday to Knox County Probate Court, the value would be about $122 million.

Bean, a Republican who also twice ran for a House seat in Maine’s 1st Congressional District, was 82 years old when she died March 23.

The will, dated Aug. 31, 2022, directs that her personal property and the rest of the estate be given to the trustees of the Linda L. Bean Revocable Trust. Other paperwork filed May 9 in the Knox County Registry of Probate lists her three sons – Jason Clark of Port Clyde, Nathan Clark of Tenants Harbor and Kevin Clark of Port Clyde, as trustees.

The personal representative of the estate – Veronika Carlson of St. George, who is also president of Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine Hospitality – and Benjamin Lombard of Portland are also listed as trustees. Lombard is a certified public accountant and has served as volunteer treasurer for nonprofit organizations.

The will does not specify how the properties will be divided up.


“To the extent possible, she (personal representative) will coordinate with my sons and my estate team to continue my businesses, lobster and product brands, completion of my charitable commitments and historic preservation projects, and the disposition of my Teel Island real estate and fine art collections,” the will states.

Bean bought lobster dealerships in the region and owned the Port Clyde General Store and Tenants Harbor General Store in the heart of Port Clyde village, which were destroyed by fire on Sept. 27, 2023. She founded the Perfect Maine Lobster brand in 2007.

Bean and her sister, Diana, also donated to philanthropic causes, including LifeFlight of Maine; the construction of twin helicopter landing pads atop Maine Medical Center in Portland; and to a St. George Municipal School Unit building that will specialize in teaching trades, according to the company website.

St. George Town Manager Rick Erb said May 9 that he has spoken with Carlson and that plans for rebuilding the Port Clyde General Store, Dip Net Restaurant and associated businesses are continuing. No formal application has yet been filed with the town.

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