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Ralph F. Holmes headshot
900 Elm Street
10th Floor
Manchester, NH 03101
300 TradeCenter
Suite 7000
Woburn, MA 01801
Tel: 603 628 1409
Cell: 857 278 0019

Ralph F. Holmes

Director, Litigation Department

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Biography

 

Significant Verdicts and Appeals:

  • $3.4 million verdict in Trimble v. Bolduc, a fiduciary duty case against trustee and related entities
  • $2.8 million verdict in Whittemore v. Hersey, a fiduciary duty case against trustee and attorney-in-fact
  • $6 million verdict in Loconti v. Loconti (in concert with counsel representing other claimants) to compel settlor's contractual obligation to fund trust for benefit of claimants
  • Successfully defended fiduciary duty claims against Trustee relative to management and sale of manufactured housing park in Tay v. Grondin, appeal pending
  • Successfully challenged will and trust due to incapacity and undue influence in In re Estate of Frederick W. Whittemore (affirmed on appeal)
  • Successfully obtained contested trust reformation against plain meaning in Preuninger v. Youschak
  • Successfully defended fiduciary duty claims against attorney-in-fact inTherrien v. Therrien
  • Successfully defended trustee removal action in In re Trust of Gordon F. York
  • Successfully defended challenge to will on capacity and undue influence grounds in Betjemann v. Betjemann
  • Successfully defended challenge to trust on lack of consent and other grounds Belisle v. Belisle
  • Successfully enforced pre-nuptial agreement in In re Hollett Estate, reversed on appeal, 150 N.H. 39, 834 A.2d 348 (2003)
  • Successfully defended spendthrift trust on appeal in Scheffel v. Krueger, 146 N.H. 669, 782 A.2d 410 (2001)

 

A trial lawyer with more than 30 years experience, Ralph has handled nearly all aspects of civil litigation in state and federal courts. Ralph's expertise is in complex, challenging litigation and has developed one of the region’s leading probate litigation practices while continuing to handle many substantial other types of cases for individuals and businesses. Reflecting their confidence in his abilities, lawyers within and outside the firm entrust their clients to Ralph when they need aggressive, responsive litigation representation. Mindful of the costs of litigation, Ralph delivers aggressive representation efficiently and strategically with careful attention to planning and budgeting.

Ralph received his J.D. from Boston College (1984) and a B.A. from Lafayette College (1980).

Areas of Focus

  • Probate Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice

 

Admissions

Ralph is admitted to the Federal and State Courts in New Hampshire and Massachusetts

  • Woodward/White's Best Lawyers in America® (Trusts & Estates Law, Personal Injury Litigation)
  • New England Super Lawyers®

Recognition

  • Ralph is a Fellow of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

Involvement

Ralph is a frequent contributor to ProbateTrial.coma resource for attorneys and the general public that offers commentary on practical and legal issues, including will and trust challenges, elder exploitation, and guardianships. In addition, the website includes a bank of sample pleadings as a resource for attorneys.

Ralph's community activities have included service as President of the New Hampshire Association for Justice, legal counsel to the Greater Manchester Chamber, and President of the Moore Disabilities Foundation.

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Written By Ralph

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Practice Areas

The strengths of our practice groups and the industries we serve make McLane Middleton one of the most diverse law firms in New England.

Integrity and trust

At McLane Middleton we establish and maintain long-standing relationships with our clients to help us better achieve their unique goals over time. This approach to building trust requires that our esteemed lawyers and professionals use their broad, in-depth knowledge and work together with integrity to ascertain sound resolutions to legal matters for their clients.

Strength in numbers

McLane Middleton is made up of more than 105 attorneys who represent a broad range of clients throughout the region, delivering customized solutions. As a firm we are recognized as having the highest legal ability rating. The firm is rated Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell and is recognized as one of the nation's leading law firms in Chambers USA. Our attorneys are distinguished leaders in their respective practice areas.

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Commitment and collaboration

McLane Middleton's versatile group of attorneys and paralegals become trusted authorities on each case through collaboration. We work with our clients to learn their individual needs first and foremost and, together, we develop comprehensive solutions to their specific legal matters. This approach helps us exceed our clients' expectations efficiently and effectively, client by client, case by case.

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A history of excellence

McLane Middleton was established in 1919 in New Hampshire, and has five offices across two states. However, deep historical roots don't allow you to become innate. Our firm is organized, technological, and knowledgeable. Our history means we are recognized. But our reputation is built on the highest quality of service and experience in very specific areas of law.

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Intelligence paired with action

Our team continuously seeks opportunities to enhance their professional development and put key learnings to action. The pursuit of further insight guides us to volunteer service opportunities, speaking engagements, and teaching roles. Our lawyers are sought after thought leaders across their industries, and recipients of leadership awards throughout the region.