Serving the State of New Hampshire Since 1908
Estate Planning, Probate & Trust Administration

New Hampshire Estate Planning Attorneys

Assisting Clients with Probate, Trust Administration & Other Matters

At Upton & Hatfield, our trust and estate practice is focused on the often-interrelated fields of estate planning, wills, trusts, probate, trust administration, elder law, and business succession planning and representation. As every situation is unique, we endeavor to collaborate with our clients, supporting them as a team in order to address their particular concerns and objectives. In every instance, our goal is to provide our clients with a high level of cost-effective legal services.

Please continue reading to learn more about the various estate planning matters we handle, or get in touch with us directly to schedule an appointment with a member of our legal team. We are happy to meet with you to discuss your needs.

Schedule your initial consultation today; call (603) 716-9777 or contact us online.

Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts & Special Estate Planning Considerations

We concentrate a large portion of our practice on comprehensive estate planning, including the drafting of wills and trusts, as well as trust administration and probate proceedings. In all cases, we work closely with our clients and their financial advisors to develop effective estate plans tailored to each client’s particular circumstances and goals.

Our New Hampshire estate planning attorneys are well-versed in a variety of estate planning needs and assist clients in preparing the necessary core documents, including but not limited to:

  • Wills
  • Revocable trusts for probate avoidance
  • Specialized irrevocable trusts
  • Minors’ trusts
  • Durable powers of attorney
  • Advance directives for health care
  • Asset transfer documentation

We also frequently advise clients with respect to beneficiary designations for retirement accounts and insurance policies. Although we are primarily located in New Hampshire, several of our attorneys practice in both New Hampshire and Massachusetts; we are able to assist clients in a range of estate planning matters in either state.

Additionally, when appropriate, we provide assistance to clients in need of more complex and sophisticated estate planning services and techniques, utilizing plans that may involve certain types of irrevocable trusts, special needs trusts, asset protection trusts, grantor trusts, and charitable trusts and foundations.

Probate, Estate Settlement & Trust Administration

When an individual passes away, their estate must be settled and all trusts administered. Often, this occurs through a process known as probate. For many, probate and estate settlement can be daunting, as it is often a confusing and time-consuming process with multiple detailed components, requirements, deadlines and long waiting periods.

At Upton & Hatfield, we guide clients through the various processes involved in settling an estate, including probate and trust administration. When all of the decedents assets are held in trust and probate is avoided, we assist with the details of trust administration and documentation.

Our New Hampshire probate attorneys can assist you in:

  • Filing the necessary papers with the probate court to allow wills and appoint estate fiduciaries
  • Filing the inventory of assets and the accounting of income,expenses, and distributions
  • Dealing with creditors
  • Arranging for the filing of appropriate tax returns
  • Bringing the estate to a close in a timely, cost-effective manner

Throughout the process, we strive to educate our clients to help them understand what to expect, maintaining regular contact and providing consistent communication in order to provide needed advice and, if necessary, address sensitive issues. Our attorneys are also available to provide counsel and guidance through the trust administration process with respect to compliance with the requirements of the trust instrument and the Uniform Trust Code.

Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Guardianships & Special Needs Planning

In addition to our estate planning and probate practice, our firm also advises and assists elderly individuals and couples, as well as their families, to navigate the sensitive, and often complex, challenges related to aging and the potential need for long-term care. We frequently educate clients regarding the rules that apply to qualification for nursing home care, and we implement plans designed to preserve and protect client resources through the use of gifts, certain types of irrevocable trusts, wills and testamentary trusts, life estates, care-giver contracts, reverse mortgages, durable powers of attorney, advance directives for health care, and resource spend-down plans.

Our New Hampshire guardianship attorneys also have extensive experience helping clients file for guardianships and conservatorships when mental and/or physical disabilities prevent a person from being able to competently make decisions about their personal, health-related, and/or financial affairs.

If you have a loved one with special needs, ensuring your loved one’s protection and future care is paramount. At Upton & Hatfield, we frequently assist clients in addressing the needs of children and other beneficiaries with special needs, taking into account how those special needs interrelate with the overall estate plan. A properly drafted special needs trust—whether a third-party supplemental needs trust, a first-party D4A trust, or a pooled trust created by a nonprofit organization—may enable a disabled beneficiary to have access to trust funds for a wide variety of needs while still preserving eligibility for federal and state health care, as well as other benefits including Medicaid and SSI. Our attorneys are experienced in drafting special needs trusts, either as part of the estate planning process or to hold funds that a disabled person receives from the settlement of a lawsuit, an inheritance, or from a life insurance policy.

Business Succession Planning

For business owners, protecting the company and ensuring a smooth future transition to the next generation or new ownership is critical. Our New Hampshire business succession attorneys have considerable experience in business succession planning, as well as in advising clients on how to manage and transition family and closely held businesses.

Business owners face numerous issues and opportunities when planning for the transfer of either the ownership interests or the control of a business entity. We assist clients by drafting and implementing shareholder agreements, as well as assisting in the process of structuring the transaction of sales and gifts of business interests, including utilization of valuation discounts. Throughout the process, we consult with our clients and their accountants to address unique family concerns, designing solutions to protect the value of the business entity and to address management and equity.

Contact Upton & Hatfield Today

Whether you are just beginning the process of preparing necessary documents for your estate plan or you need assistance with a unique and complex probate or trust administration matter, our attorneys are prepared to help. We strive to help our clients prepare for the future while protecting their assets and legacies.

To discuss your needs with our team, please call (603) 716-9777 or submit an online consultation request form.

Representative Matters

  • 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.

  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration Company Planning and Compensation Agreements

    Advised business owners on corporate and limited liability company planning and prepared shareholder, operating, buy-sell and non-qualified deferred compensation agreements.

  • Estate Planning & Probate Administration Gifting Plans

    Implemented gifting plans including qualified personal residence trusts, intentionally defective grantor trusts, and grantor retained annuity trusts.


Why Hire Us?

Our Promise to Our Clients
  • A Reputation for Excellence

    We are known for our unwavering commitment to achieving the objectives of our clients.

  • A Legacy of Successful Results

    Our 100-year legacy is built on achieving successful results for our clients.

  • Committed to the Community

    We are proud to support a number of worthy non-profit organizations as a way to give back to our community.

  • Diverse Breadth of Experience

    We provide our clients with full-service legal representation across a variety of practice areas.

  • Client-Focused Solutions

    We pride ourselves on providing our clients with personalized legal representation that meets their unique needs.

  • Experience on Your Side

    Founded in 1908, we put more than 100 years of practice and experience to work for our clients.

A Reputation for Outstanding Service

Developed Client by Client
  • “Having minimal experience with the legal system, I was grateful for the ease and timeliness of Upton and Hatfield’s response to my employment litigation request.”

    - Jackie D
  • “The attorneys and staff at the Hillsborough office were very knowledgeable and helpful. I have also used them for estate planning and have recommended them to many of my friends and family.”

    - Amanda V.
  • “Heather Burns and Michael McGrath were a methodical and dedicated team throughout my medical malpractice case. They were relentless in their search for every detail and aspect of their findings. They left no stone unturned.”

    - Christina L.
  • “We would like to thank you for your guidance and assistance as we went through the process of estate planning. Your kindness, patience, and calmness were such a gift throughout the process.”

    - M & T
  • “I was extremely happy with Upton and Hatfield's real estate service. The attorneys and staff at the Hillsborough office were very knowledgeable and helpful. I have also used them for estate planning and recommended them to many of my friends and family.”

    - Amanda V.