Attorney Ann K. Barber is committed to assisting you in a timely manner. My goal is to provide you with exceptional service in your time of need. We will set up a free half-hour appointment to assess your case and give you an overview of what is anticipated. We will discuss a payment plan that suits your budget.
Family law includes divorce, division of all of your marital assets and property, and parenting issues, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. Attorney Barber is also a member of the Collaborative Law Alliance of NH and believes strongly in the Collaborative Practice.
Collaborative Law is the alternative to the traditional practice of adversarial practice in divorce, family law litigation, and resolves domestic disagreements formerly resolved through the legal process. Members of the Collaborative Law Alliance of New Hampshire (“CLANH”) — including lawyers, mental health professionals, and financial professionals — are trained to assist persons involved in such disputes to reach agreements which meet the needs of the parties without going to court.
Feeling comfortable with your family lawyer is very important because you will be going through many emotional and demanding issues that will need to be resolved.
Divorce involves substantial rights and responsibilties, many legal technicalities and your well-being (as well as your children’s) for many years to come. Divorce issues include unique issues such as dividing the parenting and financial responsibilities. This can be the most stressful event you might ever face.
You can use a family law for all or some (known as unbundled services) of your case. It is important to have an attorney advise you in order to protect your assets and provide for your children’s well-being.
WILLS and ESTATES:
No matter what the size of your estate, it is prudent for each individual and family to have a will. A will allows an individual to control the estate and how the assets of the estates are distributed. Without a will, there can be costly delays in the distribution of the assets and state law will dictate how the assets are divided. State laws usually distribute the assets to natural or adopted family members while leaving nothing to charities or friends. If there are no relatives, your estate goes to the state after your remaining debts are paid.
Estate planning isn’t just about legal issues — there are practical ones as well. Will your loved ones be able to find your will? Or your estate planning documents? Do they if you have any insurance policies, retirement accounts, or annuities? Organizing your files and records can save your family many hassles later on.
A trust is a relationship created at the direction of an individual (called a “settlor”) whereby a person (called the trustee) holds the person’s property subject to duties in order to protect it for the benefit of others.
Individuals may control the distribution of their property during their lives or after their deaths through the use of a trust. There are many types of trusts and many purposes for their creation. For example, a trust may be created for the financial benefit of the person creating the trust, a surviving spouse or minor children, or a charitable purpose. There are many types of trusts allowed by law.
Trust arrangements that are attempts to evade creditors or lawful responsibilities will be declared void by the courts.
Chapter 7 bankruptcy
is often referred to as liquidation because a bankruptcy trustee can liquidate your non-exempt assets to pay part of your outstanding bills. The term liquidation is rather misleading, though, since most people who file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy do not have any non-exempt assets, and thus there is no actual liquidation.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy is sometimes called the wage earner’s plan. Individuals with regular income can develop a plan to repay all or part of their debts over a three to five year period. It provides most individuals the opportunity to save their homes from foreclosure and pay their debts to the IRS or other secured creditors who may be threatening wage garnishment or seizure of your assets such as a bank account.
Small claims actions may need the assistance of an attorney who can best assist you in getting your debts paid through collection actions.