Estate Planning

New Hampshire Probate, Wills, Trusts and Estates Lawyer

Estate Planning Considerations for Non-Traditional Couples

The law firm of Salem Legal Services, LLC gives clients peace of mind that their assets will go to intended heirs and that family members will not have to make difficult medical decisions in the event of an accident or incapacity.

Based in Salem, New Hampshire, we provide comprehensive estate planning and estate administration services to individuals and couples in the Merrimack Valley and adjacent counties in Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Many of our clients are gay and lesbian partners concerned about protecting the estate from outside claims. Arrange an appointment at (603) 509-9428.

Wills and Trusts

We offer sophisticated, in-depth planning for asset protection and declaration of your wishes:

  • A simple will for distributing assets at death
  • Appointment of guardians for children
  • Power of attorney for business and personal decisions
  • Durable power of attorney for healthcare (New Hampshire) or health care proxy (Massachusetts) that guides loved ones in medical decisions and life support measures

We can also establish a variety of trusts to preserve wealth, avoid probate, and avoid estate and inheritance taxes. We can advise on the appropriate instrument for your estate planning goals, including revocable living trusts, irrevocable trusts and marital trusts.

Estate Administration/Probate

We can assist in settling the estate of family member who has died, including collecting assets, selling a home, paying debts and filing tax returns.

Will Contests and Civil Union Dissolutions

In New Hampshire where civil unions and gay marriage are relatively new, many questions and interesting legal issues are typical in probate matters.  Wills and dissolution matters are handled in probate court. Salem Legal Services, LLC can protect the interests of gay or lesbian individuals in division of assets or guardianship of children.

We also handle probate litigation over wills and trusts, defending assets of a partner's estate against claims by family members or challenging a will as invalid on the basis of undue influence or testamentary incapacity.

Salem Legal Services has practiced for 16 years, with significant experience in probate law, family law and GLBT issues. For legal representation or to schedule an estate planning appointment, contact us online or call (603) 509-9428.

Salem Legal Services, LLC represents individuals of New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including (NH) Salem, Manchester, Nashua, Concord, Derry, Laconia, Exeter, and Rockingham, Hillsborough, Merrimack, Strafford, Belknap and Grafton counties; (MA) the Merrimack Valley and North Shore communities of Haverhill, Lowell, Worcester, Boston and Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Worcester counties