Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning and Administration
Hamblett & Kerrigan has been known for over 125 years as one of New Hampshire’s best choices for estate planning, probate, and trust administration. Our firm has a long tradition of assisting individuals and families plan their finances and structure their assets to minimize estate and income taxes.
We are adept at assisting with the administration of estates through the New Hampshire and Massachusetts probate courts, the administration of trusts, and the representation of individuals and estates in court, arbitration, mediation and through negotiations for clients in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine on a variety of disputes relating to wills, trusts and other estate planning issues such as: (i) the pursuit or defense of claims of lack of mental capacity or undue influence; (ii) the parameters of a trustee’s or executor’s fiduciary obligations and whether they are being met; (iii) estate document interpretation; (iv) proper administration of trusts, estates or other entities established by estate planning documents; (v) fiduciary obligations of an agent under a power of attorney; (vi) constructive trusts; and (vii) guardianships.
Our attorneys can assist you with estate tax planning and business succession planning through the use of revocable and irrevocable trusts, gifting programs, post-mortem tax planning, and generation-skipping trusts, among others. We have prepared wills and trusts for thousands of clients from simple wills to complex estate plans for individuals, couples, families, and business owners.
Our commitment to our clients extends beyond the initial preparation of an estate plan, and includes ongoing advice and service as legal needs arise. We often provide advice to our clients as to matters of trust and estate administration, including minimizing income taxes and structuring distributions to beneficiaries. We also assist clients and professionals with preparation of both estate tax and fiduciary income tax returns. These are just a few examples of the full range of services that we provide to our estate planning and trust clients.
We have ongoing relationships with many financial planners, CPAs, bankers and other financial professionals. We can coordinate with your investment advisors, brokers, and financial planners to provide a consistent, efficient plan to minimize your exposure to estate taxes and income taxes and provide for the orderly disposition of your affairs.
When it is necessary to probate an estate through the New Hampshire or Massachusetts courts, we can represent you or your estate through the entire process. We can assist with trust administration, the establishment and management of guardianships and can assist you with other matters in the New Hampshire and Massachusetts probate courts.
Many wills, trusts, and estate plans can be handled on an estimated fee basis. More advanced estate plans, probate, trust administration, guardianships and other matters are normally handled on an hourly basis.
Hamblett & Kerrigan has skilled, competent attorneys and paralegals who will take the time to assure your estate and tax planning is done carefully and to your best advantage within the law.