Elder Law Estate Planning

New Hampshire Estate & Elder Law Attorneys

Experienced in Elder Law, Probate, Wills & Trusts

At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our experienced estate planning lawyers and staff are available to help you sort out your estate planning or probate issues and figure out the best plan for you. The attorneys and staff in the estate and probate law group at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. have experience and expertise in all aspects of elder law, estate planning, and probate practice in New Hampshire and Maine.

At Shaheen & Gordon, P.A., our attorneys and staff are dedicated to working with individuals and families to achieve the goals of asset protection, probate avoidance, estate tax savings, and family business succession.

Our services include estate planning and estate and trust administration, creation of both revocable and irrevocable trusts, Medicaid planning, and postmortem planning. We prepare wills, durable powers of attorney, durable powers of attorney for health care, and living wills. We represent clients in guardianship and probate proceedings. We tailor our services to your needs from basic to more complex estate planning.

New Hampshire Estate Planning FAQ

We are often asked the following questions by prospective clients who find themselves in unfamiliar territory as they contemplate working with us:

What is asset protection?

Asset protection is a means of ensuring that your assets are preserved for your benefit during your lifetime, and ultimately transferred to your family members and others you care about. We help you to achieve this goal through setting up simple and more complex trust arrangements, avoiding probate, and minimizing inheritance taxes.

What is Medicaid Planning?

Medicaid planning is a form of asset protection planning focused specifically on ensuring the maximum possible preservation of your assets in the event you or your spouse needs nursing home care.

What is family business succession?

Family owned businesses face unique problems due to the complexities of family relationships. Frequently, a family owned business is an estate’s most valuable asset. Our business and estate planning attorneys work together with families to ensure that a business can continue after the first generation through careful planning.

Does everyone need a will?

If you want to insure that the people you care about inherit your assets, then you should have a will. Otherwise, the government creates an estate plan, called intestacy, for you. People you care about may not inherit your assets under the government created estate plan.

What is a durable power of attorney?

A durable power of attorney allows you to choose someone to manage your assets and pay your bills in the event of your disability or incapacity. Otherwise, if you become disabled or incapacitated, someone will have to petition a court to obtain the power to provide these services for you, known as a guardianship.

What are durable powers of attorney for health care and living wills?

A durable power of attorney for health care allows you to retain control over your own medical care during periods of incapacity through the prior designation of an individual to make health care decisions. A living will allows you to direct what measures will or will not be used to prolong your life in circumstances where there is no hope for recovery.

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