2006 Winter, 4. Introduction.

AuthorBar Journal Author - Dan Wise

New Hampshire Bar Journal


2006 Winter, 4.


New Hampshire Bar Journal Volume 46, No. 4, Pg. 4Winter 2006IntroductionBar Journal Author - Dan WiseIntroduction

This (belated) Winter issue of the Bar Journal, we hope you will agree, has something for just about everyone in our readership - estate attorneys, litigators, history buffs, even pet-lovers. And, of course, all Bar members who, at some point in their day-to-day activities, have questions about how their Bar Association can help them.

A pull-out insert in this issue of the Bar Journal provides a handy listing of the myriad services and resources available through the Bar Association - ranging from whom to contact to change your contact information in your member record (Anna O'Neill at aoneill@nhbar.org), to details about the Casemaker New Hampshire online legal library (a free member benefit), how to obtain advice on law practice management, how to shop for various types of insurance for your firm and your employees, and. . . , well, you get the idea. The guide is in the center of the issue.

Turning to more substantive matters, in this issue you'll find a comprehensive overview of the state's new Uniform Trust Code law, including 2005 revisions. Author Michelle Arruda also addresses elements in the law that have drawn some controversy. In a companion article, attorney Susan Abert zeroes in on a new feature of the New Hampshire UTC - provisions allowing the creation of trusts for the care of companion animals.

Litigators may take particular interest in the analysis by attorneys James Steiner and Gayle Braley of an Aug. 18, 2005, decision by the New Hampshire Supreme Court, Winnisquam Regional School District v. Daniel J. Levine, which upheld the constitutionality of a statute of repose protecting members of the construction industry from suits brought long after the completion of a construction project. The decision marked a departure from the Court's previous findings that such protections were unconstitutional.

Criminal law practitioners will no doubt turn first in this issue to a report by Dr. James Adams, the state's Chief Forensic Examiner for the Department of Corrections, on the results of a study of competency to stand trial examinations. The study provides a baseline for practitioners, and judges, to help them better understand the results...

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