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The #1 Legal Document Every Adult Needs to Have Right Now

The #1 Legal Document Every Adult Needs to Have Right Now

Apr 14, 2020
One of the most important and relatively easy things you can do is to select a medical agent and set up your advance healthcare directive.
Confronting Family Law Issues During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Confronting Family Law Issues During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Apr 14, 2020
With quarantine and Shelter-in-Place orders from state and local governments in the face of COVID19, there are many family law issues to resolve.
Income for Child Support in New Hampshire

Income for Child Support in New Hampshire

Feb 27, 2020
In New Hampshire, the amount of child support to be paid is determined by "gross income", which includes all income with limited exceptions. Tax law treatment of income is not the standard (In The Matter of Hampers, 166 NH 422 (2014)); when the court interprets the law, it looks to actual income available to pay child support.
New Hampshire Issues of Fault in Divorce

New Hampshire Issues of Fault in Divorce

Jan 27, 2020
Most divorces in New Hampshire are granted based on irreconcilable differences that caused or are the substantial cause of the final breakdown of their marriage. Additionally, New Hampshire recognizes that one party may be the substantial cause of the final breakdown of the marriage.
Getting Personal with Attorney Elizabeth Brown

Getting Personal with Attorney Elizabeth Brown

Oct 25, 2019
This week is National Estate Planning Week. Estate planning is important every week to estate planning attorneys, but this one week is set aside so we can remind folks to make sure you have an estate plan and if you have one that it is up to date.
President's Column: Listen to be Heard

President's Column: Listen to be Heard

Oct 22, 2019
Vermont Bar Journal Fall 2019 President's Column, Listen to be Heard. Gary F. Franklin, Esq.
I Am an Executor/Administrator of an Estate—Now What?

I Am an Executor/Administrator of an Estate—Now What?

Aug 08, 2019
Have you been designated as a Personal Representative or Executor? Attorney Elizabeth Brown breaks down all of the responsibilities that come with being named the Personal Representative or Executor to someone's Will.
Nope, Sorry—Having a Will Does Not Avoid Probate

Nope, Sorry—Having a Will Does Not Avoid Probate

Aug 08, 2019
One of the most common misconceptions about estate planning that I run into is the belief that having a Will allows your estate to avoid probate. That is not the case. When an asset passes to others according to the terms of a Will, it has to go through the probate process.
Planning for the Future for Your Small Business

Planning for the Future for Your Small Business

Jun 28, 2019
Succession planning is arguably the most critical issue a small business or a family business will face. In this blog post Elizabeth Brown outlines the the formula for a succession plan that protects your business and your family.
Vermont Estate Tax Update

Vermont Estate Tax Update

Jun 27, 2019
Vermont Department of Taxes imposes an estate tax on the transfer of Vermont estates of decedents dying while a resident of Vermont. Currently, Vermont law provides for a $2,750,000 exemption from an estate tax.