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Stephanie J. Thomson

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Stephanie Thomson is an associate focusing on estate planning, probate, business representation, and residential and commercial real estate transactions. Prior to joining Upton & Hatfield, Stephanie was the managing attorney for a real estate firm in southern New Hampshire. She also practiced law in Vermont for several years working on estate planning, family law, landlord/tenant, and real estate matters.

Stephanie is originally from Winthrop, Maine, where she graduated from the University of Maine with a B.A. in English. After completing her undergraduate degree, Stephanie moved to Vermont where she attended Vermont Law School, graduating magna cum laude, and served as Senior Notes Editor for the Vermont Law Review.

Prior to moving to New Hampshire, Stephanie worked for a pro bono legal services project with the St. Johnsbury Community Justice Center in St. Johnsbury, VT. She also served on several community boards and organizations including Lamoille County Mental Health Services, acting as board member and treasurer.

Stephanie currently resides in Peterborough, NH with her husband and dog. When she is not working, Stephanie enjoys running, hiking and backpacking, kayaking, golfing, skiing, snowshoeing, and traveling. Stephanie is currently licensed to practice law in New Hampshire and Vermont.

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Representative Matters

  • Municipal Real Estate Dow v. Town of Effingham, 148 N.H. 121 (2002)

    Successfully enforced the Town's ordinance and procedures for implementing the ordinance over objection of a racetrack owner. The decision clarified the Town's authority to enact ordinances regardless of motivation and to inspect a permitee's premises.

  • Municipal Real Estate Doyle v. Town Gilmanton, 155 N.H. 733 (2007)

    Established authority of planning board to establish a buildable area separate and apart from the zoning ordinance.

  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration Asset Allocation

    Assisted a surviving spouse in identifying and managing the proper asset allocation for the funding of a marital and exempt trust.

  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration Tax Liability and Succession Planning

    Represented business owners in establishing a gifting program that reduced estate tax liability and provided a plan for the orderly succession and continuity of the business following the parent's death.

  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration Prenuptial Agreements

    Represented a future spouse having substantial separate assets in negotiating a prenuptial agreement which protected her assets while still providing for her spouse in the event of her death.

  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration Estate Planning Documentation

    Represented individuals and couples with assets of several thousands to many millions of dollars in the preparation and implementation of appropriate estate planning documents.

  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration Irrevocable Trusts

    Represented grandparents in establishing irrevocable trusts for the education of their grandchildren while retaining greater control over the assets than transfers under the Uniform Transfer to Minors Act would provide.

  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration Advance Directives and Living Wills

    Represented an individual with over $15 million in assets by preparing a complex estate plan that included a will exercising a power of appointment, revocable trust, two irrevocable trusts for her children, an irrevocable life insurance trust, a durable power of attorney for financial matters, advance directives and a living will.

  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration Protecting Individuals With Disabilities

    Worked with parents with disabled children to implement estate plans involving children with disabilities and special needs.

  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration Estate, Trust, and Probate Administration

    Advised personal representatives, trustees, heirs and beneficiaries on estate, trust, and probate administration.

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