Ann N. Butenhof, a founding partner of Butenhof & Bomster, PC, is well known in New Hampshire’s legal community for her experience with Medicaid eligibility rules, other public benefits programs, special needs trusts, long-term care planning and estate planning. Prior to establishing Butenhof & Bomster in 2008, she initially established her own firm in 2003 in Manchester, New Hampshire after practicing in both the public and private sectors. From 1993 – 1996, and again from 1997 – 2001, Ann worked with New Hampshire Legal Assistance (“NHLA”) – a non-profit law firm that represents low-income and elderly residents – first as the Managing Attorney of the Manchester Office, and then as the Directing Attorney of NHLA’s Senior Citizens Law Project. Ann has been recognized by her peers as one of New Hampshire’s best attorneys in the area of Elder Law every year since 2003, and in 2013 was recognized as a “lawyer of the year,” as reported in New Hampshire Magazine. She also has been listed as one of New England’s “Super Lawyers” in the area of Elder Law every year since 2007, as reported in SuperLawyers. In 2009, Ann was elected a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (“ACTEC”) and is one of a select group of New Hampshire attorneys who has earned the Certified Elder Law Attorney (“CELA”) distinction from the National Elder Law Foundation. She has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Ann is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), chaired the Formation Committee for the New Hampshire NAELA Chapter and was its first president. She also is a member of the Trust and Estate section and Mental and Physical Disabilities Law section of the New Hampshire Bar Association, as well as the New Hampshire Estate Planning Council. Ann currently serves on the Board of the New Hampshire Chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (“NAMI”), and is an active member of the Queen City Rotary Club.
Ann has been an active member of the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), a national, invitation-only network of lawyers dedicated to Disability and Public Benefits Law since 2005, and currently serves as a member of the SNA Board of Directors. With this focus, Ann assists clients in planning for the future care and financial security of special needs children and disabled individuals, by tailoring estate plans to protect and maximize life savings, and is available for consultation with personal injury and elder law attorneys.
Ann received her B.A. from Lake Forest College in 1979. In 1985, she earned her J.D. (magna cum laude and Order of the Coif) from Case Western Reserve University, along with an M.S.S.A. (equivalent to a Masters in Social Work) through a joint degree program. She is admitted to practice in New Hampshire and the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire.