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Updating your estate plan is crucial for meeting long-term goals

When it comes to planning for the future, creating and maintaining a comprehensive estate plan is a productive and essential step. Having an updated estate plan can lend you the peace of mind that your wishes and goals are in place as you age. Not only is it important to create an estate plan in New Hampshire, but it is crucial that you continue to update these plans over time.

Once you’ve taken the step of creating an initial plan, only a portion of the work of long-term planning is complete. It may be tempting to think that you’ve done all the necessary work in formulating a plan, but that work could be unusable down the line if an estate plan becomes outdated.

Filing a valid claim against a construction contractor

After a construction contractor completes work on your home, you find a serious defect. Perhaps the contractor provided faulty wiring or incorrectly installed piping. Your family experiences real damages – You cannot eat dinner without your lights flickering or your bathroom spontaneously flooding.

New Hampshire provides the opportunity for you to file a damage claim outside of court against your contractor. You must follow specific steps, but you have the ability to have the situation revised of no charge, or you can receive considerable damages. The court recognizes a contractor’s need to provide due care when completing work, but it also recognizes the contractor’s ability to remedy an undesirable situation if necessary. When dealing with filing legal documents within construction dispute claims, you may wish to speak to an experienced real estate attorney to help you in your quest for resolution or compensation.

How to take care of your kids with an estate plan

If family has always been important to you, you might have started thinking about what will happen to them if something happens to you. This is not a pleasant task, but it can be necessary to consider. Estate planning should be an important part of everyone’s life and it is essential to create one in order to be able care for your family should the unthinkable happen.

There are ways your estate plan can ensure your children’s future and make sure your family is cared for.

Can probate be avoided?

There are many things to consider as you are writing your will. You have family, belongings and property to sort through, and deciding how to handle it might not be easy or comfortable. The last thing you want is for your family to go through extensive time in court debating over your belongings and property.

Probate has a negative reputation for being expensive, time-consuming and public. There are times when this is necessary, especially when the estate has a higher value. The probate process is prolonged when there are disputes regarding the will due to confusing language or a family member who is unhappy with the result.

Is your neighbor crossing the line? Look into boundary law basics

If you feel that a neighbor is interfering with your property rights, you shouldn’t hesitate to take action. Even if your neighbor hasn’t actually crossed the property line, they may still be subject to legal retributions.

These New Hampshire boundary law basics can help you understand the law and your rights as a property owner:

What is a power of attorney?

When you are conducting business, have you ever considered a getting a power of attorney to handle your business affairs? What is it, how does it work?

A power of attorney is a legal document that authorizes someone to act on your behalf when you are unable to do so. You are called the principal or donor. You are the person who gives the authority to act on your behalf. It can be for a legal matter, private affairs like paying for bills or related to business, or even real estate. So, you should take careful consideration who you grant these powers to because they will be signing your name to legal documents.

3 people you should talk to after a loved one dies

Losing a family member is always hard. It’s not merely the grief that is so difficult to deal with. It’s also the confusion and the stress that comes along with the myriad practical issues that need to be addressed. So many details must be attended to, and so many loose ends must be efficiently tied. But how do you even know where to begin? After you’ve called the funeral home and made the appropriate arrangements, who do you contact next?

Here are a few people whom you may not readily think to call – yet contacting them may be more important than you think.

Top estate planning mistakes too many people make

No one likes to contemplate the end of life. Even if someone is nearing the end of their life, it can still come as a shock for family members. Adding to that shock may be the stress of dealing with the legal and financial mess left behind.

This is especially true when a loved one required emergency medical care before passing. Families can spend years questioning whether they made the right decisions when it came to life-saving techniques or emergency care.

Deciding what type of business formation is right for you

As an entrepreneur, one of the core business decisions you need to make is what business formation your enterprise will take. The different types of business formations offer you varying degrees of protection, but also come with certain requirements and formalities that need to be followed.

While going into business for yourself does involve a certain level of risk, your liability can be minimized by choosing the right business type. Below is a brief summary of each of the four basic business formation options.

Follow these 5 New Year's resolutions for your business

As always, last year flew by. That means that you should have already thought about what the new year will mean for your business.

When you are thinking about what you hope to accomplish this year, there are a few topics you may want to consider-particularly when it comes to strengthening your business. To help you out, we have compiled a list of five business resolutions that entrepreneurs can make for 2018.

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