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Asset Protection

McLane Middleton's Asset Protection & Wealth Preservation Practice Group adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to developing client solutions. The group consists of attorneys who are experienced in trust and estate planning, Medicaid planning, business entity selection and formation, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and family law matters. We have combined these areas of law because asset protection strategies and solutions vary greatly depending on each client's personal and business circumstances, as well as the nature of the assets to be protected.

We encourage our clients to always consider the unexpected. To that end, we work with clients to develop an integrated plan that is most beneficial to protecting assets and safeguarding them from claims of future creditors -- whether from a business failure, personal injury litigation, divorce, long-term nursing and medical expenses, environmental claims, fiduciary duties or otherwise. By being proactive, clients gain comfort that they have taken appropriate timely action to protect their future financial stability.

While each client has unique circumstances and goals, we frequently consider:

  • Identifying and titling assets so that the assets qualify for special protection under the law (such as exemptions for "homesteads," qualified retirement plans, etc.);
  • Transferring assets to family members not engaged in risky activities;
  • Creating trusts which benefit clients and their family members;
  • Segregating business activities or inherently risky assets into stand alone legal entities;
  • Forming limited liability companies and limited partnerships which create limitations on creditor attacks.

We design and implement a variety of planning strategies, and will explain to you their effectiveness, including:

  • Statutory exemption planning
  • Transfers to spouses (including Inter Vivos QTIP Trusts)
  • Joint Ownership Arrangements
  • Trusts for the benefit of third parties
  • New Hampshire asset protection trusts (potentially using Trust Protectors, Investment Advisors and Distribution Advisors)
  • Entity selection
  • Family limited partnerships and limited liability companies
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Medicaid Planning
  • Offshore asset protection trusts

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.

The Firm

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.