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Whitney A. Gagnon headshot
100 Arboretum Drive
Suite 140
Newington, NH 03801
Tel: 603 334 6927

Whitney A. Gagnon

Associate, Trusts & Estates Department

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Biography

Whitney focuses her practice in the areas of estate planning and elder law.  As an associate in the firm’s Trusts and Estates Department, Whitney assists individuals and families in establishing comprehensive estate plans.  Whitney advises clients in designing and implementing sophisticated estate, gift, income, and generation skipping transfer tax strategies.

Whitney educates clients about the New Hampshire and Massachusetts Medicaid laws and prepares plans to achieve clients’ estate planning and long-term care planning objectives.  Whitney also practices in the area of special needs law where she works with individuals with special needs and their families to develops plans to provide for the individual’s supplemental needs and enhance the individual’s quality of life.

Whitney also represents clients in probate court matters including estate settlement, trust administration, and guardianship and conservatorship proceedings.

Whitney received a dual Bachelor of Art in Political Science and Justice Studies, cum laude, from the University of New Hampshire and her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from New England Law | Boston.

Areas of Focus:

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Trusts and Estates Administration
  • Tax Planning

Admissions

  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts

Recognition

  • Listed on Super Lawyers list of Massachusetts Rising Stars

Involvement

  • Hospice Help Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Leadership Seacoast, Class of 2019
  • New Hampshire Estate Planning Council
  • Boston Estate Planning Council
  • Women's Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Professionalism and Ethics Committee of NAELA
  • Massachusetts Chapter of NAELA
  • New Hampshire Chapter of NAELA

Publications:

Speaking Engagements:

  • Practical Answers to Ethical Questions Arising in Elder Abuse Cases," American Bar Association, National Aging and Law Conference (2018)
  • Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Proxies, and MOLST," Massachusetts Assisted Living Association (2018)
  • BAE Systems - Legal Information Series - Elder Law (2017)
  • Co-presenter, “NAELA’s Continuing Evolution to a Changing Environment: Redefining the Practice of Elder Law”, April 29, 2017, NAELA annual conference
  • "The Facts About Medicaid (MassHealth) Planning and Eligibility" Hospice and Palliative Care Federation Annual Conference (2015)
  • "How Pre-Planning Can Save Your Independence" Council on Aging (2015)

 

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