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900 Elm Street
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Manchester, NH 03101
Tel: 603 628 1307

Robert A. Wells

Director, Trusts & Estates Department

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Bob is a director of the firm and is a member and former chair of the Trusts and Estates Department. He is a frequent lecturer before professional and civic groups on the topics of estate planning and probate law.

Bob received his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School (1967) and his B.A. from DePauw University (1964).

Areas of Focus

  • Estate Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Charitable Planning and Representation of Charitable Organizations


Bob is admitted to practice in New Hampshire, New York and Missouri.  He is a member of  the New Hampshire Bar Association, New York Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, American Bar Association.


  • Ranked in Chambers High Net Worth (HNW) 2019 (Private Wealth Law)
  • Best Lawyers in America® 2020 (Non-Profit/Charities Law, Trusts and Estates Law)
  • Ranked in Super Lawyers
  • Fellow, American College of Trust &, Estates Counsel (ACTEC), former State Chair for New Hampshire, and is active on its committees.
  • Fellow, New Hampshire Bar Foundation
  • He is a member of the Trusts & Estates Committee and the Continuing Legal Education Committee of the New Hampshire Bar Association.
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell


Bob is or has been a member of numerous civic committees, including:

  • New Hampshire Historical Society, Board of Trustee
  • Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, Chancellor & Trustee
  • Neil and Louise Tillotson Donor Advised Fund at the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Advisor; Chair 2012 - 2017
  • The Nature Conservancy of New Hampshire, Trustee
  • Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests, Former Trustee and current member of Lands Committee
  • St. Paul's School Board of Overseers on the Advanced Studies Program
  • Currier Museum of Art Advisory Committee, Former Member
  • Office of Public Guardian, Former Chair and Member of Board of Directors
  • New Hampshire Business Committee for the Arts, Former Chair
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Member, Former Warden and Vestry Member
  • The Episcopal Dioceses of New Hampshire, Chancellor to the Bishop of New Hampshire and Trustee of the Episcopal Diocese and Member of Investment Committee
  • United Church of Christ Retirement Community, Former Member
  • Central New Hampshire Mental Health Center, Former Member of Board of Directors
  • Town of Hopkinton Budget Committee
  • Hopkinton Library Foundation, Former Chair
  • Concord Community Music School, Former Member of Board of Directors
  • American Lung Association (state and national), Former Member and Chair of State Chapter and Vice President of National Association
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New Hampshire Bar Association - CLE Programs

The following CLE Programs were moderated by Robert Wells:

  • Probate Court Judicial Forum (March 9, 2016)
  • Portability of the Estate Tax Exemption: Planning, Compliance and Drafting Issues (May 27, 2015)
  • Keeping legal with the Director of Charitable Trusts at the Office of the Attorney General (September 10, 2014)
  • Probate and Trust Administration (May 29, 2014)
  • Estate Planning in a Post-Windsor World (March 27, 2014)
  • Advanced Estate Planning 2013 (April 19, 2013)
  • Charitable Trusts (October 10, 2012)
  • Estate Planning for Attorneys and their Spouses (June 23, 2012)
  • Advanced Estate Planning (March 30, 2012)

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