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Estate & Trust Planning & Administration

Estate & Trust Planning & AdministrationOur team serves our clients in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration, which is a principal focus of our firm. We counsel a diverse group of families and individuals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as in other states, on a wide array of estate planning and wealth preservation issues. Working closely with our clients and their professional advisors, we help our clients understand and accomplish personal family objectives and financial goals. We assist with trust and probate administrations, providing personal and legal assistance during times of transition in families. We provide counsel on the use and distribution of pensions and retirement accounts and life insurance. To minimize family conflict as well as to reduce income taxes and estate and gift taxes, we advise partnerships and closely-held businesses on organization, reorganization and succession planning. In addition, we act as fiduciaries.

Our Estate and Trust Planning and Administration team assists individuals in all aspects of personal and asset planning for incapacity and death. Our team combines a multifaceted group of professionals with the extensive financial, business, legal and tax experience required by our diverse group of clients.

Professional Expertise:

Personal financial and asset analysis;
Preparation of wills, revocable and irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and durable powers of attorney for health care (also known as advance directives);
Estate, gift, and generation-skipping tax planning;
Estate and gift tax return preparation;
Review and preparation of documents relating to IRA and pension beneficiary elections;
Review of life insurance issues;
Planning for closely held businesses;
Organization of business entities; transfer and succession planning for these entities;
Charitable giving strategies including charitable trusts, gift annuities and other charitable gift opportunities;
Creation of, and counseling for, not-for-profit organizations;
Estate planning and tax planning services for individuals who own property in other states and/or countries and/or are married to a non-U.S. citizen;
Incapacity and long-term care planning;
Estate, probate and trust administration;
Ancillary probate administration for real estate and personal property located in New Hampshire and Vermont;
Counsel to fiduciaries including executors and trustees, both individual and corporate;
Counsel to probate and trust beneficiaries;
Legal representation in all courts and administrative agencies in connection with the resolution of trust and estate, including fiduciary litigation, and gift and estate tax audits.

Members of the Estate & Trust Planning & Administration Team:

Attorneys
Catherine Richmond
Ethan Frechette
Nicholas D.N. Harvey, Jr.
John Storrs Stebbins
Gary T. Brooks
Eunice Lee
Paralegals
Eileen G. Pornelos
Nissa Cullen
Vicki H. Raymond
Julie A. Lyon

 

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