Court Provides Important Guidance on Guardian’s Power to Remove Live Support

In In re Guardianship of L.N., the NH Supreme Court provided important guidance on the power of a guardian to terminate life support of a ward.  Recognizing that litigation is a “‘cumbersome mechanism’  for resolving end-of-life decisions,” the court held that “the general power to give or withhold consent to medical treatment under RSA 464-A:25, I(d) includes […]

L.N. February 19, 2020 NH Supreme Court Opinion

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NH Guardianships – Not Like Those in “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”

On June 3, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver delivered a funny but eye-opening examination of the guardianship process in the United States.  Bringing his trademark wit, John Oliver points out ways in which the guardianship system fails those vulnerable people it is designed to protect.  People who watched the clip may wonder after watching […]

Video: Elder Exploitation Overview

In addition to publishing commentary that lawyers may find helpful, we want to provide information and guidance for the lay public.  Here is our first installment, a brief video (link works after Continue Reading button), offering an overview about elder exploitation, a critically important issue that is a frequent theme in our cases.  Kudos to Mike [...]

Disciplinary Recommendation In Re Jeannette Marino

Counsel must evaluate whether this Order has utility in a given case.  I am always happy to try to answer general questions of fellow counsel about law and practice and can be reached via the information below. Ralph F. Holmes McLane Middleton ralph.holmes@mclane.com (603) 628-1409 (office) (857) 278-0019 (cell) Download OrderDownload

Disciplinary Order In Re Jeannette Marino

Counsel must evaluate whether this Order has utility in a given case.  I am always happy to try to answer general questions of fellow counsel about law and practice and can be reached via the information below. Ralph F. Holmes McLane Middleton ralph.holmes@mclane.com (603) 628-1409 (office) (857) 278-0019 (cell) Download OrderDownload

Probate Court Establishes Professional Guardian Discipline Law In In Re: Jeannette Marino

In decisions establishing new law in New Hampshire for the discipline of professional guardians, Judge Gary Cassavechia, acting as Judicial Referee, and Judge Edwin Kelly, as Administrative Judge for the Circuit Court, reviewed conduct by Jeannette Marino, a prominent NH professional guardian since 2006, in two of her guardianships with Judge Cassavechia recommending a two-year […]