Do I need an estate plan? What if someone dies without a will?

“Dying intestate” means a person dies without a valid and operative will. All 50 states have enacted laws that determine where your property will go should you die intestate. If you fail to pla…

Are You Facing a Payment of Judgement Hearing?

Decorative Scales of Justice in the Courtroom
If you have been notified to appear in court for a payment of judgment hearing, you may want to take a look at the New Hampshire statute 524:6-a entitled “Periodic Payment of Judgments.”  First…

5 Things to Consider Before Starting a Family Business

The SBA says that 90% of all American businesses are family owned or controlled. When small businesses are owned and operated by families, family values and business goals must be balanced. Eac…

A Sinkhole of a Different Kind

business lawyer - Standing on the edge of a exchavation hole to repair a 12 inch water main failure on Harvard Ave in Roseburg OR
With all the discussion of sinkholes in the news, I started thinking about a different kind of sinkhole: the financial sinkhole.  Perhaps you own a small company and have problems collecting on…

Important Changes to the NH Child Support Guideline

Changes to the New Hampshire child support guidelines that take effect on July 1, 2013 will allow higher wage earners to pay less child support than under current guidelines.  Under the current gui…

What Are The Rights Of A “Common Law Spouse” Under NH Trusts and Estates Law?

Recently, a 78 year old client who had been living with his 74 year old girlfriend for several years posed a similar question:  Does my live-in girlfriend “have rights” to a claim against my estate…

Contempt of Court in a Divorce Case

Following a divorce, many people find themselves in a position of hopelessness when their former spouse refuses to comply with a clear court order. However, New Hampshire law provides that a judge …

What is a Revocable Trust and How Does this Estate Planning Instrument Work?

Revocable Trust-Trustee certification abstract with dollars and key
A revocable trust is one type of trust. Trusts present many estate planning opportunities. The key feature of a revocable trust is that it may be revoked or amended at any time. Other trusts cannot…

Does Medicare Pay for Long Term Care?

Closeup of Medicare enrollment form and pen
One of the more common questions we are asked by our estate planning clients (usually on behalf of an aging parent or loved one) involves long term care expenses and to what degree they are paid fo…

Should Your Executor Have Control of Your Social Media Accounts?

Digital assets are a relatively new area to consider when determining how to distribute your assets after death. Social media accounts are considered a digital asset, even though often the content …

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