Nursing Homes in New Hampshire. Do you have a plan?

Nursing homes in New Hampshire seem to have undergone a fairly major transformation. New Hampshire once had some of the best nursing homes in the country. New Hampshire nursing homes led the country in the movement to remove physical restraints and to promote the Residents’ Bill of Rights. Most nursing homes were owned and operated […]

When is the reading of the Will?

Never. The reading of the Will is a Hollywood fiction and a dramatic plot twist in many novels. However, today there is no gathering of the family in the lawyer’s oak filled and dusty library to discuss the final wishes of the family’s loved one. There is no morbid meeting of the decedent speaking to […]

Have You Considered Your Digital Assets in Your Estate Plan?

What digital assets you say? We don’t always consider that we have such things but most of us do. Your email account, for example. Do you get invoices via email? How will your Agent under a Power of Attorney even know about a bill that has to be paid if that Agent cannot access your […]

How Not to Purchase a Business

If you want to purchase a business, you can do it in two different ways: you can purchase all of the assets of the business or you can purchase the entity itself. An asset purchase is simple to explain: you simply purchase all of the tangible and intangible property of the business such as real […]

FINANCIAL EXPLOITATION- ARE YOU AT RISK?

New Hampshire law is protective of our elderly or otherwise vulnerable folks. The law has been quite strict and effective January 1, it will be even stricter. RSA 631 provides that anyone who “knowingly or recklessly” acquires assets of an impaired adult through coercion or undue influence may be guilty of a felony plus have […]

Estate Planning can be Easy

Really? “It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it was going to be!” That is a common phrase I hear from clients after they sign their Will who were initially apprehensive about meeting with me. It is very common for people to be scared about thinking of death or planning for it. In fact, […]

Out of State Power of Attorney? You May Need an Additional Document.

A properly drafted Power of Attorney drafted in some state other than new Hampshire, will still be valid here with one proviso: if the Agent actually needs to use that document, the Agent must sign a new Acknowledgement. This is a form that the Agent signs acknowledging that he or she is a fiduciary and […]

Child Going Away To College? Don’t Forget the Student’s Healthcare Documents!

Every year, we offer a simple plan for college students. Once your child turns 18, you are no longer the legal guardian and, depending on the state the college is in, you may not only have no say in his or her medical treatment, you may not even be able to get any information whatsoever […]

There is No Time Like the Present to Update Your Estate Plan

Every estate planning attorney can tell you stories about bad, incomplete or absent estate plans that created havoc for families. From unfunded trusts- you do know that a trust must be funded, right?- to simply outdated plans, we have seen it all. In some cases, this has led to unnecessary delay and expense but in […]

Avoiding the Potholes: Why Business Owners Need Legal Counsel

Business owners should interview attorneys when they first start up new businesses, in order to have a ready legal counsel contact. You may need this person to advise you before you act and to help you react when something happens in your business. If you are sued or have an unexpected situation, you might not have […]