Couple Accused of Abusing 80 Year Old Woman

As reported by WMUR:

A pair of Ossipee residents were arrested and accused of abusing an 80-year-old woman Monday.

Darin Brown, 43, and his wife, Sharon Giordano, 38, were accused of hiding Brown’s mother and abusing her.

The victim had been reported missing from Massachusetts. On Monday morning, police searched Brown’s Ossipee home and found his mother. Authorities said the woman showed signs of abuse and neglect, and was immediately hospitalized.

Read More on the WMUR website.

RSA 161-F:46 requires any person that has a reason to believe that an elderly incapacitated adult has been subjected to physical abuse, neglect, or exploitation or is living in hazardous conditions to notify the Department of Health and Human Services or their local law enforcement agency.

Any person (other than the alleged perpetrator) who makes a report of an alleged incident of abuse, neglect or exploitation in good faith shall have immunity from any criminal or civil liability.

To make a report, contact the Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services at 1-800-949-0470. Calls are confidential.  If it is an emergency, dial 9-1-1.
 
 
by Patrick Doheny

 

 

New Hampshire Advance Directives

Making decisions about medical care is not always easy – especially now that machines can keep patients alive even when there is no hope for recovery. It’s your right to participate and plan for your care.  But at some point, you may become unable to make your own health care decisions. That’s why it’s important to think and talk about your feelings and beliefs with your loved ones – long before critical medical decisions must be made.

 This guide provides you with information about creating an “advance directive” – a legal document that states your preferences about medical care. Please read it carefully and discuss it with your family, doctor, nurse practitioner, patient representative, chaplain or other caregiver.

To download the complete guide go to:  http://www.healthynh.com/fhc/initiatives/performance/eol/2010%20ACPG.pdf

Reprinted by permission from the Foundation for Healthy Communities copyright © 2010. All rights reserved.

While you may not need an attorney to create basic advance directives, you may want an attorney to assist you with more complicated forms of estate planning such as wills and trusts.   Contact the Lawyer Referral Service at 603-229-0002 or complete the online referral request form at https://www.newhampshirelawyerreferral.com/contact-us for a referral to a competent attorney who handles estate planning matters in your area.

 

Administering an Estate in New Hampshire

As an executor or administrator of an estate, it is your responsibility, under the Probate Court’s supervision, to ensure that the debts and assets of the estate are managed and distributed in accordance with New Hampshire law and the decedent’s wishes if expressed in a will.

An executor is a person named by a decedent in a will to administer an estate (called a testate estate). An administrator is a person eligible under New Hampshire law, and who is approved by the Probate Court, to administer an estate when the decedent leaves no will (called an intestate estate) or when the executor(s) named in the will cannot serve. Whether you are an executor or an administrator (also referred to as a fiduciary), you must exercise the highest duty of good faith and candor in carrying out the administration of the decedent’s estate.

Your responsibility as executor or administrator is to perform certain tasks to see that the estate is properly probated. The assets of the decedent’s estate must be collected and its debts paid, if sufficient funds exist in the estate. The assets must be managed while awaiting approval to distribute them and estate funds must be kept separate from any other funds by opening an account in the name of the estate and depositing all estate funds and paying all estate bills from that account. The value of the estate’s assets must be determined by an appraiser named by you and appointed by the Probate Court. This valuation is extremely important because it establishes the tax basis for federal and state death taxes and for heirs or legatees who inherit the property. You must inform all persons with any legal interest in the estate, including creditors and potential heirs, of any matters that might affect their interests.

 While you do not need to be an attorney to serve as an executor or administrator, you should always consult an attorney when issues arise which you are not comfortable handling. If consulted for a proper purpose, attorneys’ fees are payable out of the estate. The Probate Court Register’s office, (similar to a Court Clerk’s office), may be of some assistance in giving general advice and providing necessary forms, but it is not allowed to give legal advice.

To download a complete copy of “Administering an Estate”, prepared by the Public Information committee of the NH Bar Association and the Probate Court Administrative Office, go to http://www.nhbar.org/uploads/pdf/admin_an_estate.pdf.

If you do not feel comfortable administering an estate on your own, the NH Lawyer Referral Service can refer you to an experienced attorney who handles estate administration.   Call the Lawyer Referral Service at 603-229-0002 or request an online referral at https://www.newhampshirelawyerreferral.com/contact-us.

LawLine: Free Legal Advice – 800-868-1212

Do you have a BRIEF LEGAL QUESTION? LawLine, the NH Bar Association’s free legal hotline is held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 6 – 8 pm.

Volunteer New Hampshire attorneys will take calls from the public and will give brief legal information and advice. This is a FREE public service. Call 1-800-868-1212.

Do you have more than a brief legal question and suspect you may need an attorney to represent you?  The NH Lawyer Referral Service can refer you to a competent local  attorney who handles your type of legal matter.  Call (603) 229-0002 today or fill out the Lawyer Referral Service request form at:  https://www.newhampshirelawyerreferral.com/contact-us.