When is Guardianship Necessary?

Petitioning the court for guardianship over another individual is sometimes necessary when the individual in question is not able to provide for his or her own basic needs such as, food, shelter, health care or to manage personal finances. Guardianship may often be avoided if other less restrictive alternatives are available, such as when financial or health care power of attorney documents

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Understanding Medicare Benefits

The best way to take full advantage of your Medicare benefits is to be aware of the terms of your coverage. A summary of general Medicare coverage information for 2022 is available online at:  https://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/10050-Medicare-and-You.pdf. Another resource is your local State Health Insurance Assistance Program or “SHIP,” which is a federally funded organization that responds to Medicare questions from the general public.

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Special Needs Trust Fairness Act

Persons with disabilities will soon be able to create self-settled special needs trusts on their own behalf under 42 U.S.C. 1396p(d)(4)(A). Under current law, creation of such a trust required the signature of a parent, grandparent or legal guardian, or court approval. Congress has overwhelmingly approved the 21st Century Cures Act and sent it to the President on December 8, 2016.  This

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Judith Bomster to Present at 10th Annual New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics CLE Program

June 24, 2016:   Judith L. Bomster to be panelist at the 10th Annual New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics CLE Program.  This annual Continuing Legal Education program is open to all New Hampshire Attorneys to explore ethical questions in the legal environment designed to avoid and respond to complaints.   The focus this year will be on new ethical issues and Judith will present

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Judith Bomster Presents at Taylor Community

JUDITH L. BOMSTER presented on May 24, 2016 at Taylor Community in Laconia, New Hampshire on www.taylorcommunity.org “Continuing Care Retirement Communities – Everything You Need to Know. CCRC’s (Continuing Care Retirement Communities) across the country are growing in popularity as a residential option when empty nesters are downsizing. The decision to join a “CCRC” can be daunting when faced with so many

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Ann Butenhof Attends Special Needs Alliance Conference in Hawaii

Ann N. Butenhof recently returned from the Special Needs Alliance Conference www.specialneedsalliance.org   “Seas of Change” held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from March 3- 5 2016.   The focus of the annual gathering of professionals engaged in advising clients in the area of Special Needs is to exchange information and keep current with the ever-changing legal landscape facing clients dealing with special needs situations.  This

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Ann Butenhof Guest Speaker on “Marc Hebert’s Money Sense”

ANN BUTENHOF was on the air answering callers’ questions on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. as the guest speaker on “Marc Hebert’s Money Sense”, a weekly call in talk show hosted by Marc Hebert, the President of The Harbor Group, Inc. www.HarborGroup.com on WGIR-AM 610 and New Radio 96.7. Marc Hebert is a Certified Financial Planner and registered

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What Happens if I Die Without a Will?

Should you die without having executed a Last Will and Testament, New Hampshire state law directs who will receive your assets and in what amounts. Dying without a Will is called, in legal terms, dying intestate. Your death certificate will be filed with the Probate Court in order to open your estate for administration and the Court will appoint someone – usually

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SSA Notices to Include Explanations on Trusts

Beneficiaries of irrevocable trusts and trustees administering assets for individuals who rely on public benefits based on financial need, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), may be interested in a recent Social Security Administration (SSA) publication of internal instructions (an “Emergency Message – EM”).  EM-16012 instructs SSA staff to provide more detail regarding the reasoning for an agency decision when a trust,

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Homestead Exemption

On January 1, 2016, the homestead protection in New Hampshire increased from $100,000 to $120,000.  N.H. R.S.A. 480:1, allows a property owner to consider $120,000 of the property’s value as homestead, and therefore exempt from judgment by certain creditors with regard to unsecured debts.  The homestead protection does not apply against debts including, but not limited to, those related to tax collections,

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