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Portsmouth, NH Estate and Probate Law Attorneys

Our lawyers handle estate planning, wills and trusts in New Hampshire

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. in Portsmouth and Dover, 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. Estate planning 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. We have offices located in Dover and Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

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    Experienced and dedicated Dover, NH estate planning attorneys at Burns, Bryant, Cox, Rockefeller & Durkin, P.A. can represent you in:

    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. This is why it’s critical that you have someone on your side who thoroughly understands how estate law works in New Hampshire.

    Learn how a New Hampshire estate planning lawyer can help you

    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 estate planning attorney who specializes in estate and probate law become crucial.

    There’s no room for error in such situations. This is why it’s important to have a New Hampshire estate planning lawyer who knows the law and who can guide you through this complicated legal process. Contact us to find out how we can represent you today. Our law firm is located in Portsmouth and Dover, New Hampshire.

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