Experienced NH Estate Planning Attorneys – Wills and Trusts
The experienced estate planning attorneys
and probate lawyers at the T.W. Stevens Law Firm, located in Portsmouth and Dover, New Hampshire draft wills
, revocable and irrevocable trusts
, durable powers of attorney for financial affairs, durable powers of attorney for health care
, living wills, advanced directives and more. Our seacoast New Hampshire estate planning attorneys regularly represent estates, trusts, executors, trustees, beneficiaries, heirs, legatees and other interested parties in the estate planning process and in probate litigation.
Our Approach to Wills and Trusts and the NH Estate Planning Process
“In working with New Hampshire estate planning clients, our goal as estate planning attorneys is to avoid unnecessary family disputes and in-fighting by drafting clear and concise estate planning documents – wills, trusts, powers of attorney, etc. – that accurately state your intent with regard to people and property.”
In working with New Hampshire estate planning clients, our goal as estate planning attorneys is to avoid unnecessary family disputes and in-fighting by drafting clear and concise estate planning documents – wills, trusts, powers of attorney, etc. – that accurately state your intent with regard to people and property. Clear and concise documents are crucial to the estate planning process because they allow all parties to understand their respective roles and manage their expectations accordingly.
An Effective New Hampshire Estate Plan Grows with Your Family
In its simplest form, estate planning is about making important personal and financial decisions for yourself while you still have the ability to do so. It’s best thought of as a process that grows and changes with your family.
New Hampshire Wills
Most people begin the estate planning process with a will
that designates who will receive their real and personal property (beneficiaries, legatees, etc.) after they have passed away, and who they nominate to become the guardian of their children. The will also designates an executor who is responsible for filing the will with the probate court and managing the probate estate.
People frequently sign a durable power of attorney for health care
, advanced health care directive and a living will at the same time as their will. In so doing, they insure that their health care wishes will be followed after they lack the ability to explain those wishes to a caregiver or health care provider.
New Hampshire Trusts
As children grow and wealth accumulates, many people create a trust
. A trust holds real and personal property and can be used to control distributions of principal and income during life and after death. Trusts are often also created to avoid the time and expense of probating a will or as a device to minimize the likelihood of probate litigation.
Durable Powers of Attorney
Finally, as retirement approaches, many people use durable powers of attorney for financial affairs in order to designate a person who will look after their financial affairs after they are unable to do so. Older clients also often engage estate planning attorneys to calculate eligibility for medicaid and other governmental programs in light of their current assets.
New Hampshire wills, trusts, and other estate planning documents can be confusing and complicated. Let the knowledgable wills and trusts lawyers at the T.W. Stevens Law Firm draft documents you understand and that express exactly
what you want to happen with your children, assets, medical decisions, etc. Read our testimonials
and learn why many of our clients believe we are the best estate planning attorneys in New Hampshire.