Trusts & Estates

The Trusts & Estates Department at McLane Middleton is designed to meet all of your estate planning needs. We will work with you to devise an estate plan that achieves your goals, and minimizes administrative costs and taxes.

Our services cover essentially all aspects of estate planning, including:

  • Creating and implementing plan documents
  • Serving in fiduciary capacities
  • Administering trusts
  • Probating wills
  • Assisting with the transfer of non-probate assets
  • Tax planning

Members of our Trusts & Estates Department are fellows of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC), members of the New Hampshire Trust Council, and have written a number of articles related to estate planning.

Trusts & Estates Planning

The Trusts and Estates Group at McLane Middleton is designed to meet all of your estate planning needs. Our goal is to work with you to devise an estate plan that works for you and to implement the plan in a manner that minimizes administrative costs and taxes.

Please explore our Trusts & Estates Planning practice.

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.

Please explore our Asset Protection practice.

Probate Litigation

McLane Middleton has substantial experience and expertise handling all types of contested probate disputes, including:

  • Will contests
  • Guardianships
  • Conservatorships
  • Fiduciary duty claims
  • Civil Commitments
  • Accounting actions
  • Common law marriage claims
  • Elder exploitation issues
  • Partition actions
  • Constructive trust claims

Through, we provide guidance and commentary to the bar and public on important and developing probate litigation news and case law.

Please explore our Probate Litigation practice.

Medicaid Planning

We assist clients with asset preservation and asset protection for themselves and their families in anticipation of applying for long-term care through the Medicaid program. Federal and state Medicaid rules are restrictive in terms of the applicant's allowable resources and income in order to become Medicaid eligible.

Please explore our Medicaid Planning practice.

Tax Planning

McLane Middleton attorneys regularly represent clients confronting state and local tax issues, including: State and Local Audits; Tax Litigation; Reasonable Compensation; Rulemaking; and Real Estate Tax Appeals.

Please explore our Tax Planning practice.

Trust Administration

Trust administration of revocable or irrevocable trusts can be handled by our team of attorneys, administrators and operation assistants.

Please explore our Trust Administration practice.

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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.