Question:

What is the difference between a “living will” and a “durable power of attorney for health care?”  Do I need both and, if so, which is more important?

Answer:

It is important to know about “advance directives” and how they work. Advance directives are specific instructions about the type of future medical care you want, or do not want, if you become unable to make decisions for yourself.  These are documents you prepare and sign in .

February 02

 

What is elder law and how do I find an elder law attorney?

Elder law is a focused practice for lawyers who choose to handle issues commonly faced by elderly and disabled individuals. Attorneys may advertise that they specialize in elder law if they have met specified qualifying criteria, which usually includes a written examination and evidence of extensive experience in the area.

 

Petitioning the court for guardianship over another individual is sometimes necessary when the individual in question is not able to provide for his or her own basic needs such as, food, shelter, health care or to manage personal finances. Guardianship may often be avoided if other less restrictive alternatives are available, such as when financial or health care power of attorney documents are in in place. 

The best way to take full advantage of your Medicare benefits is to be aware of the terms of your coverage. A summary of general Medicare coverage information for 2017 is available online at:  https://www.medicare.gov/pubs/pdf/10050-Medicare-and-You.pdf.

 

Persons with disabilities will soon be able to create self-settled special needs trusts on their own behalf under 42 U.S.C. 1396p(d)(4)(A). Under current law, creation of such a trust required the signature of a parent, grandparent or legal guardian, or court approval. 

June 24, 2016:   Judith L. Bomster to be panelist at the 10th Annual New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics CLE Program.  This annual Continuing Legal Education program is open to all New Hampshire Attorneys to explore ethical questions in the legal environment designed to avoid and respond to complaints.  

 

JUDITH L. BOMSTER presented on May 24, 2016 at Taylor Community in Laconia, New Hampshire on www.taylorcommunity.org “Continuing Care Retirement Communities – Everything You Need to Know.

Ann N. Butenhof recently returned from the Special Needs Alliance Conference www.specialneedsalliance.org   “Seas of Change” held in Honolulu, Hawaii, from March 3- 5 2016

ANN BUTENHOF was on the air answering callers’ questions on Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. as the guest speaker on “Marc Hebert’s Money Sense”, a weekly call in talk show hosted by Marc Hebert, the President of The Harbor Group, Inc. www.HarborGroup.com on WGIR-AM 610 and New Radio 96.7. Marc Hebert is a Certified Financial Planner and registered investment advisor. At the invitation of Mr. Hebert, Ann answered callers’ .

Should you die without having executed a Last Will and Testament, New Hampshire state law directs who will receive your assets and in what amounts. Dying without a Will is called, in legal terms, dying intestate. Your death certificate will be filed with the Probate Court in order to open your estate for administration and the Court will appoint someone – usually a family member – to serve as administrator. Once the administrator has settled .

Attorneys
Ann N. Butenhof, CELA
Judith L. Bomster, Esquire
Judith K. Jones, Esquire

Paralegals
Sonia Gianitsis
Renee Lubinski, EA

Administrative Staff
› Denise M. Aiken – Executive Assistant/Office Manager
› Caitlin M. Nelson – Receptionist
› Debra Doyon  Accounting Manager
› Mary Smith  Clerk