My Practice Areas
Dan has provided estate planning services throughout his career. He prepares basic estate plans that include a will, health care power of attorney and durable power of attorney for financial matters. Dan also prepares revocable trusts, the primary purpose of which is to avoid the probate estate administration process.
Estate and Trust Administration
Estate administration (also known as probate estate administration or the “probate process”) is often necessary to transfer a deceased person’s assets to the persons named in his or her will or heirs-at-law if there is no will. Estates are administered through the Circuit Court – Probate Division. Dan has represented executors and administrators in several hundred probate estates in the New Hampshire Probate Courts and Divisions during 30+ years of private practice.
Trusts are often administered without the involvement of the Probate Division. Dan represents trustees in carrying out the terms of estate planning trusts after the death of the person who established the trust (the “grantor”) in accordance with the New Hampshire Trust Code.
Probate and Trust Litigation
Dan has represented clients in civil litigation matters since 1986 including personal injury actions, real estate matters and commercial disputes. He handled many jury and bench trials. Dan currently limits his litigation practice to probate and trust matters in the Probate Division.
Guardianship is a legal status conferred by a court that authorizes a person (the guardian) to handle the financial and personal affairs of a person (the ward) whom the court determines is legally incapacitated. There is guardianship over the ward’s estate (financial matters) and over the ward’s person (health care and personal matters).
Guardianship is often necessary where a person becomes incapacitated and has not previously executed a durable power of attorney for financial matters and/or health care power of attorney. Guardianships are handled by the Circuit Court – Probate Division. Dan routinely represents guardians and wards in New Hampshire Probate Divisions.
For over 30 years, Dan has represented clients in the formation of business entities including partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies. He has handled the purchase and sale of restaurants, retail stores, manufacturing companies and automobile dealerships. Dan’s services include negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements and loan documents.
Dan has extensive experience representing clients in the purchase and sale of commercial real estate including residential apartment buildings, retail stores, restaurants and industrial properties. His services include negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements and reviewing and drafting loan documents.
Throughout his legal career, Dan has represented landlords and tenants regarding the leasing of commercial and residential real estate. He negotiates and drafts lease agreements.
Landlord and Tenant Law
Since 1986, Dan has represented landlords and tenants in residential evictions in the New Hampshire District Divisions.