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Overview of the New Hampshire Court System

The New Hampshire court system consists of three tiers: the lower courts, the Superior Court and the Supreme Court.

There are three different lower courts. The Family Division courts handle family matters including guardianship, domestic relations and juvenile issues while the probate courts handle adoption, estate succession and real property concerns. The district courts manage smaller civil cases, misdemeanor trials, traffic infractions and felony preliminary hearings.

The lower courts may appeal decisions to the Superior Court, which also has original jurisdiction over felony trials and larger civil cases. It also handles divorce, paternity, support and custody issues. Decisions made in the Superior Court may be appealed to the Supreme Court, the court of last resort in New Hampshire. It handles administrative matters for the court system as well as death penalty convictions.

New Hampshire Attorneys and Lawyers

When faced with a legal issue, contacting an experienced attorney is always the best bet. At LawInfo you can search for a skilled, Lead Counsel Rated New Hampshire attorney by location and by practice area. We have New Hampshire attorneys who dedicate their practice to specific areas of the law, so you will not only find an attorney, but an attorney who is knowledgeable to help you with your particular legal issue.

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New Hampshire Legal Forms

LawInfo offers free New Hampshire legal forms and documents to help resolve many of your issues on your own.
Whether you need a power of attorney or you want to complete your will, we have you covered. You can click on our most popular forms located in the right column of this page. A user account is required to use the service, but it’s completely free.

Owning a property opens up your options, and you may be able to rent it for some extra money each month. However, in order to avoid your tenant situation becoming a legal nightmare, it is important to create a binding contract. At LawInfo, you can find New Hampshire Residential Lease Agreement that lay out your and your tenant's responsibilities and rights with regard to the use of the space. This way, you can remain at ease knowing that your assets and property are legally protected.

You may also find Last Will and Testament paperwork for free on LawInfo. With a last will, you can decide who gets your possessions if you pass away. Because accidents can happen at any time, it is always a good idea to have a Last Will and Testament filed where relatives and loved ones can access it. If you don't have a last will, the probate courts will determine how to divide up your belongings and may not do so according to your wishes.

Power of Attorney documents from LawInfo may also be a smart idea to fill out and file if you're interested in preparing for an uncertain future. These documents will give the listed individuals the authority to make decisions on your behalf regarding financial, medical and legal matters if you are alive but incapacitated. If an accident happens or if you are unconscious or mentally incapable of making decisions, it is important to know that someone you trust is looking out.

Starting a Business in New Hampshire

If you're beginning your New Hampshire business venture, it can be an exciting but daunting process. You can find a wide variety of options and resources at the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center to help you out. You can do research at this link to find out how to build a business plan, research your target market and get funding for your dreams. This is an important first step to start your company.

Your next step to creating a business is to choose a name. You will need to check with your state's chamber of commerce to make sure you aren't using someone else's name. After that, you should choose the right structure. If you choose a corporate structure, you will be able to take advantage of reduced personal liability, but you may need to pay more taxes, do more paperwork and be subject to more regulation.

New Hampshire Business Statistics

New Hampshire small businesses employ 50.7 percent of all workers in the private sector in the state, which amounts to about 218,000 individuals. Unemployment in New Hampshire hovered around 5 percent throughout 2013, which is far less than the national average, indicating a robust economy.

New Hampshire contains nearly 132,000 small businesses and more than 1,200 large businesses. The state is clearly geared more toward small businesses, however, as no Fortune 500 companies are headquartered there.