Law Office of Ann K. Barber, PLLC is a sole practice dedicated to assisting clients with personalized service and attention to your case. Attorney Ann K. Barber has practiced law for over 10 years and tries to provide the best advice and discuss possible outcomes during your difficult times. In addition to litigation, she offers mediation, collaborative law or unbundled services.
Attorney Barber provides compassionate advice and representation where Family Law issues involve divorce, parenting, and division of assets and more. No two cases are the same, but she will work to resolve your issues efficiently and effectively to settlement or court order.
If you are contemplating marriage or remarriage, Attorney Barber may draft a prenuptial agreement if you wish to protect your assets in the future.
Attorney Barber represents Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Clients. If you are having financial troubles you should discuss with her if you are eligible to file for bankruptcy and the “fresh start” guaranteed by the US Bankruptcy Code.
Attorney Barber will consult and draft your will and estate documents in a timely compassionate manner. These include your living will, health care proxy and a durable power of attorney. After the age of 18, these are all important documents that everyone should have.
Attorney Barber is a Justice of the Peace and enjoys officiating at weddings in Rockingham County.
Attorney Barber is a graduate of Massachusetts School of Law in Andover, MA and Hood College in Frederick, MD. She has lived in NH since 1985 and enjoys time with her family, friends and her rescue dog, Holly.
Family law includes divorce, division of all of your marital assets and property, and parenting issues, and prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
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.
The basic principles of mediation can guide couples to the resolution of issues that have arisen in your marriage or parenting relationship or other family relationship.
Mediation is neutral: In mediation, a mediator, a neutral participant/ facilitator, assists the disputing parties in resolving their disagreement by facilitating open discussions and guiding them to appropriate resources and advisers. Using family mediation can result in sound decisions, reconcile your divergent views, and will improve your communication and lessen the resentments that have arisen. You will gain a greater understanding of each other’s needs and positions. Your improved relationships will benefit you and your children. The goal of mediation is to promote negotiations and allow you to ask questions and reduce the pain and conflict you are experiencing.
A family law mediator is a neutral third party who assists the participants to explore and find mutually acceptable solutions. Mediation goals are accomplished through a series of meetings with the clients (with your attorney if you so choose) where honest and effective communication is promoted so you can address all your issues through brainstorming, experience, and attentive listening by the mediator. The clients have control over the process. What generally results is a mutually acceptable agreement with the goal of avoiding what can be painful and costly litigation.
A prenuptial agreement will protect assets that are identified in your agreement should you ever divorce. Its recommended that you discuss this well in advance of your wedding.
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.
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Attorney Barber is available for night or weekend appointments. Your consult will be at a reduced rate.