PROBATE & TRUST ADMINISTRATION

 

The death of a loved one and the related loss of support can leave the survivors threatened and confronted by significant challenges to regain control of property.  Our firm emphasizes the prompt and efficient transfer of a decedent’s property to the intended beneficiaries and the diligent preservation of that property.  We ensure that all efforts are taken to eliminate or minimize tax liabilities and to promptly submit all required tax filings.  Our attorneys and support staff have extensive experience working with probate courts with singular focus on asset preservation and prompt distribution of property.  Our attorneys also have significant experience using the probate court system to preserve assets for trust beneficiaries and to establish secure support networks for persons suffering from disability or other challenges that require court supervised interventions.  The collective probate experience is unmatched within the firm’s practice region.

Our lawyers can help you with all your legal needs.

 

Our attorneys routinely practice in Carroll and Coos, as well as other NH counties and western Maine, We work cooperatively with the courts, and local and out-of-state accountants, brokers, realtors, auctioneers, and other transfer agents to liquidate or transfer assets in the most efficient manner possible; Many of our estates involve family vacation properties; we are adept at crafting solutions for carrying those properties on to the next generation. Our knowledge of state and local zoning and planning codes assists in this work; The probate court is the venue for guardianships, will contests, and adoptions, and our attorneys have routinely managed all three types of cases. Our strong preference is to resolve these issues efficiently and amicably, but we also have the ability to bring strong litigation skills to bear as necessary.

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CAPABILITIES

 

REPRESENTATIVE WORK

No two estates are alike; we have supervised multi-million dollar estates, and also very small estates. In addition to financial complexity, we are well-versed in the emotional and political reality of family issues. Our estates have included real property in multiple states, small businesses operated by a decedent, intellectual property, retirement benefits, car collections, and many, many other unique and challenging assets. We have probated estates worth millions, and, at the other end of the spectrum, we have given clients the advice they needed to leave our office prepared to complete a simple probate matter without our ongoing representation.

PRACTICE AREAS

 

YOUR PROBATE & TRUST ADMINISTRATION ATTORNEYS & STAFF

Partner

Since joining the firm in 1987, he has served the business and estate planning needs of institutional and individual clients in New Hampshire and Maine by combining his legal and accounting skills to their advantage.

Kenneth R. Cargill

Christopher T. Meier

Chris represents individuals, businesses, and classes of individuals and businesses before both State and Federal courts throughout New England, administrative tribunals, municipal boards, and private arbitrators and mediators.

Partner

Theresa J. Grisez

Theresa Grisez (“Tracy”) joined Cooper Cargill Chant as an associate attorney in 2018, and practices in the areas of estate planning, family law and general civil litigation.

Associate Attorney

Bridgid T. Anderson

Bridgid works as the Probate Legal Assistant at the firm currently, and also assists in the real estate department. 

Probate Legal Assistant

Legal Assistant

Khristina assists several attorneys in Residential & Commercial Real Estate Transactions as well as Estate Planning, Scheduling and Secretarial duties.

Khristina Eastman

Of Counsel

Deborah's  philosophy is that careful planning can minimize the family confusion and discord caused by death, and further, that the financial cost of planning typically outweighs the eventual cost of failing to plan.

Deborah A. Fauver

Monica Ellison

Monica joined Cooper Cargill Chant in July 2015. She supports the firm’s estate planning attorneys and has extensive experience with regard to wills, powers of attorney, health care proxies, and Trusts.

Legal Assistant

Kacy Tillotson

With over 15 years of legal experience Kacy’s work with Cooper Cargill Chant focuses on Business & Civil Litigation, Business & Transactional Law, Land Use and Trademarks & Copyrights.

Paralegal

Kimberly Zipf

Kim initially joined the firm in 2003, when it was known as Cooper, Deans & Cargill, working alongside and assisting Ken Cargill in his growing practice. 

Legal Assistant