When someone passes away, the deceased generally leaves behind possessions of value, as well as debts, and the assets that are left behind must be distributed appropriately. This process is referred to as probate. The probate process can be confusing and sometimes contentious, and it’s important to have an experienced estate law attorney representing your interests during this process to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
At Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, we understand that the period following a death is an emotionally challenging one, and we’re here to help. As one of the oldest and most established law firms in New Hampshire, our New Hampshire probate lawyers have been handling probate matters and practicing estate law for more than a century. We can take care of the legal issues and procedural matters after a death so that you can focus on remembering your lost loved one.
New Hampshire Estate Law
When a death occurs in the state of New Hampshire, many of the deceased’s assets go through probate in order to be distributed. This is when claims are made against the estate and the assets in the estate are transferred to their new owners. There are many specific notice requirements involved and, sometimes, a legal process involving the probate court that the estate must go through. Most people are not familiar with these steps, and it is important to have an estate lawyer guiding you through.
There are also certain items that don’t pass through probate, including many life insurance policies. Knowing what items are part of the probate process is very important so you don’t put your legal rights at stake or jeopardize the disposition of assets after a death. The experienced estate law attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin will tell you what must go through probate and will explain the entire process to you.
During the probate process, not only are title and ownership transferred and the estate assets distributed, but taxes may also be assessed on the transfer, depending on the size of the estate, who is inheriting, and the items transferred. Our New Hampshire estate lawyers can help you understand the tax implications of the probate process and can guide you through fulfilling your obligations.
There are also other issues that can arise as well, depending on whether or not the deceased had a will or did any estate planning before their passing. If a will was in place, some individuals may question the validity of it or challenge whether it should be enforced. In the event that these unusual circumstances arise, getting help from an attorney who specializes in estate law becomes even more essential.
Estate Law Practice Areas
The experienced estate law attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin can represent you in:
- The probate process, with or without a will
- Creating wills and trusts before you die so your wishes will be carried out
- Administering trusts
- Will contests
- Guardianships for the elderly, incapacitated, or minors
- General probate litigation
To learn more about the types of the legal services we can provide when you are involved in an estate planning or probate matter, contact Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin today at 603-742-2332 or use the form to the right to get in touch with us.