Estate Planning And Administration

You've Worked Hard To Accumulate Assets. Now Protect Them.

The word "estate" is frequently associated with high-asset households, but in truth, it means any assets. If you have a home, a car, a bank account and other possessions, you need a plan for how you want them distributed upon your death.

A will is the foundation of most estate plans, but there many additional components that must be considered. The estate planning attorneys at Backus, Meyer & Branch, LLP, in Manchester, help people from all walks of life — and all ages — protect their assets. Our comprehensive estate plans:

  • Ensure that your assets pass to your loved ones in the manner you desire
  • Establish powers of attorney for financial and health care decisions in the event you become incapacitated
  • Designate a legal guardian and someone who will manage inheritance for any minor children
  • Establish plans for business succession that can take effect at retirement, disability or death
  • Make creative use of trusts in order to accomplish any number of objectives, including avoiding probate or supporting a disabled relative without risking the loss of government benefits

Have You Been Named Executor Of An Estate?

When a person dies, his or her assets must be collected, debts paid and the remaining assets distributed according to the decedent's wishes. This process is known as estate administration. Often, an individual's will names a family member or another trusted acquaintance to steer the estate administration process through probate court. This person is known as the executor.

While it is not required to enlist the services of an attorney to navigate the probate process, it is a good idea in order to ensure that the proper procedures are followed and to limit the executor's liabilities. Our firm has helped clients throughout Hillsborough County and surrounding New Hampshire counties with estate planning and estate administration for more than four decades.

Our Services Are Tailored To Each Client's Unique Needs

Our commitment to providing personal attention and a deep investment of time with each client is important to understanding your complete financial and family picture. By revisiting existing estate plans with our clients regularly, we ensure that any changes in their lives that may impact their wishes are accounted for.

We encourage you to contact us to schedule a free consultation with an estate planning lawyer who puts your immediate concerns first. We can answer your questions and recommend the best steps to take to protect you and your loved ones.