estatelawEstate-planning-homeThe Law Office of Katherine J. Morneau, PLLC offers estate planning in NH, which will allow you to have the necessary documents in place should something happen to you or your loved ones.  We will evaluate your needs and recommend the best estate planning package for you.  Your estate planning attorney can also review your current Will, Durable Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care, Living Will or Trust documents.  We can prepare each document independently should you not wish to have the complete package.  It is recommended that you update your estate planning documents once a year or upon any life changing event such as divorce, death of a family member or birth of a child.

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 Estate Planning Attorney Assistance

Elder Law

We take a holistic approach to working with seniors and their families from estate planning to long term care.  You need a team of professionals that can address your legal, medical, financial, social and family concerns.  Let us help create a plan for you and ensure you are connected to those individuals who can help you with each step.

Wills

Everyone should have a properly executed Will in order to ensure that your final wishes are respected. Having a Will allows you to protect the people you care about from having to go through a long, expensive court process to distribute your assets. If you do not have a Will in place, the government will decide how your assets are distributed.

Trusts

A Revocable or Irrevocable trust is an invaluable estate planning tool which allows you to provide for your loved ones without the costly and complicated probate process. Additionally, Trusts help you to accomplish comprehensive asset management that benefits the people you care about most, but can be especially helpful during your lifetime should you become incapacitated. Trusts are also beneficial for complicated planning needs that involve minors and the need for guardianship. Many people assume trusts are only for people with large estates for tax avoidance purposes, but that is only one of the many reasons to employ a trust.

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Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters

Having a Durable Power of Attorney for Financial Matters in place will allow a person of your choosing to manage your financial responsibilities.  In the event that you become disabled or incapacitated, this document empowers your designated agent to step in and take care of your financial affairs.  It is essential to understand how the Durable Power of Attorney works prior to executing a document of this significance.  It is important to have these estate planning documents in place to protect your family from having to take emergency steps through the court system later.

Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care

Having a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care in place will allow you to select a person of your choosing to make any and all health care decisions for you when you lack the capacity to make health care decisions for yourself.  We often recommend having both a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Case and a Living Will in place as part of an estate plan.

Living Wills

A Living Will allows you to direct whether or not you wish life-sustaining treatment to be initialized when you are unable to speak for yourself under certain medical circumstances.  Your Living Will also designates whether you want medically administered nutrition and hydration.  By providing your wishes in advance, your family will not have to make these difficult decisions for you later. 

Medicaid Planning

Should you or a loved one be considering the necessity of nursing home care, one of the many important considerations will be how to cover the cost of such care.  If you are not sure if you qualify for Medicaid, it is important to speak with a professional who can help you decide whether or not to pursue Medicaid for the purposes of long term nursing home care.

When you come in to meet with us we will help you determine whether or not you or your loved one would be eligible for Medicaid, and if so we will also guide you through the process of the application, requesting a resource assessment, assistance with the interview process, and if necessary we can help you through the appeal process.

Estate Administration

Should you be in the unfortunate position of losing a loved one and need to deal with the complicated process of settling the estate we can help you to navigate the probate system. In the event of an individual’s death certain protocols must be followed in a timely fashion, so do not hesitate to set up an appointment to meet with us as soon as possible.

 

 

Morneau Law Team

Morneau Law Team

 

Effective. Efficient.

We walk you through all of the steps, creating a solid plan to accomplish what needs to be done a quickly as possible.

Creative Problem Solving.

Each estate plan is different. Where we excel is creative thinking, coming up with fresh ideas and solutions that will work best for you and your family.

Estate Lawyers Kate Morneau, Liz LaRochelle, and Sarah Paris are eager to help you. Call (603) 943-5647  or use our form to reach us now via email.

1. The first step will be an initial phone conversation.

2. The second step will be a meeting. You’ll walk away with an initial action plan.