What should I bring to an estate administration consultation?

What should I bring to an estate administration consultation? 

Your loved one passed away and you have many questions about what to do next.  You’ve heard conflicting stories from your friends and what their experiences have been with their relatives.  You’re smart enough to know that every circumstance is different. 

The only way to get sound and accurate advice when it comes to your particular scenario […]

By |July 19th, 2017|ESTATE ADMINISTRATION|

How do I prepare for an Accounting?

How do I prepare for an Accounting?

If you are an Executor or an Administrator in the state of New Hampshire, you will most likely be required to produce an Accounting after the first year of an estate administration.  An Accounting allows the Court to see all of the key financial facts regarding an estate. The Court requires you to provide the Accounting using a standardized form which can […]

By |July 5th, 2017|ESTATE ADMINISTRATION|

What happens when my loved one dies?

What happens when my loved one dies?

What happens to their body?

When a loved one passes away there is often a brief period of chaos in the beginning where all the pressing details of funeral arrangements and emotions must be handled.  Hopefully your loved one made clear how they wished for their remains to be taken care of. 

Often people are too busy […]

By |April 24th, 2017|ESTATE ADMINISTRATION|

I disagree with the estate administrator: now what?

I disagree with the estate administrator: now what?

I disagree with the estate administrator of the estate of a loved one: now what?  An estate administrator is someone who has been given control and authority over an estate.  If you have had a family member pass away someone most likely has been appointed as the fiduciary.  A fiduciary can be an  […]

By |January 25th, 2017|ESTATE ADMINISTRATION|

What is my role as Administrator?

What is my role as Administrator? 

Executor, Administrator and in some States, Personal Representative all describe the role of a fiduciary, or person trusted to act in the utmost “scrupulous good faith and candor.”  An Administrator of an estate is a fiduciary who has been assigned the task of overseeing the proper probate of the estate of a decedent who passed away without a Will, […]

By |November 7th, 2016|ESTATE ADMINISTRATION|

Why Can’t a Paralegal Give Legal Advice?

Why Can’t a Paralegal Give Legal Advice?

When you contact Morneau Law, a Paralegal will be answering your call.  You may ask a legal question, but you’re told the Paralegal cannot give you legal advice.  Why is this?  The main reason a Paralegal can’t answer your legal question is because of Rule 5.3 of the New Hampshire […]

By |May 9th, 2016|ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, ESTATE PLANNING, FAMILY LAW|

What Happens to Your Belongings When You Die?

What happens to your belongings when you die?

The answer is: it depends.  Some of the things that might determine where your property goes, also referred to as your “estate,” when you pass are whether you are married; if you have a Will; if you have a Trust; and if you had a Trust was it properly funded?  Usually the most important thing to know is whether your loved ones […]

By |December 9th, 2015|ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, ESTATE PLANNING, Living Will, Trusts, Wills|

What is the NH Trust Docket?

The Trust Docket was announced by the New Hampshire Circuit Court Probate Division in December of 2013 to make NH the most trust-friendly state.  Judge Cassavechia, a long standing judge who has presided in the probate court for over thirty years is now handling cases re-assigned to the Trust Docket as of January 1, 2014.  But what is a Trust Docket and how does it work?

What […]

By |June 19th, 2014|ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, ESTATE PLANNING, Trusts|

When Mom Needs Medicaid, Could You Be Liable For Her Nursing Home Costs; Estate Planning Tips

 

Imagine an elderly mother, “Mom” being taken care of by her daughter, “Debbie.”  Mom executed a Power of Attorney for Financial Matters naming Debbie as her fiduciary or “Attorney-In-Fact”, so that Debbie can go to the bank for Mom and pay Mom’s bills using Mom’s money.   Mom’s health is failing and will need Nursing Home care, and she is going to need Medicaid to cover the […]

By |April 13th, 2014|ESTATE ADMINISTRATION, ESTATE PLANNING|