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Estate and Probate Law

When a loved one passes away, they generally leave behind possessions of value, as well as their debts and assets, which must be distributed appropriately. One way of providing for this distribution is through a will. This processing of a will in Court is referred to as probate. The process that probate involves can be confusing, which is why it is incredibly important to have an experienced estate law attorney to represent your best interests.

At Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A., we know that emotional challenges often exist after a death, and we're here to help. As one of the oldest law firms in New Hampshire, we have been handling matters and practicing estate law for over a hundred years. Attorneys Christine Rockefeller, Matthew Cox, and Sarah Lavoie can take care of the legal matters and procedures following a death so that you can focus on remembering their life.

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Estate laws in New Hampshire

After a death in New Hampshire, many of the deceased's assets will often go through probate in order to be distributed. Claims  may be made against the estate. The assets are transferred to new ownership. Specific notice requirements are involved and, sometimes, a legal process involving the probate court for the estate to go through. Because most people are not familiar with these complicated and involved proceedings, it is important to have the guidance of an estate lawyer.

Certain items do not pass through probate, such as life insurance policies. Knowing what items are included in the probate process is incredibly important so no one's legal rights or disposition of assets after a death are in jeopardy. The experienced attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. can help separate what must go through probate, and what is exempt. We know the process, and are ready to walk you through it.

During the probate process, titles and ownership are transferred, as well as the estate assets distributed. Taxes on the transfer may be assessed. Factors in this assessment include the size of the estate, the inheritor, and the items transferred.

Other legal issues can arise during this process, depending on whether or not the deceased had a will or did any estate planning prior to passing. With a will in place, some question its validity or challenge its enforcement. When these rather unusual circumstances arise, an attorney who specializes in estate law become crucial. Contact us to find out how we can represent you today.

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