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Bar News - August 15, 2008

Probate Court Update

The NH Probate Courts have recently released new and revised forms. These forms may be used in the courts immediately as needed, and are now available on the Judicial Branch website. Information regarding how the forms have changed is also available on the website. Procedures relative to Probate Rule 21 have changed and are explained on the memo.

Any questions regarding probate forms or the website may be directed to Marty Wagner or Patty Cole at the Probate Administrative Office, telephone 271-7525 or via email or

Revised Administrative Orders and Procedure Bulletins

Administrative Order 8 Background Checks in Guardianship Proceedings was revised to reflect the new form recently released, Affidavit Relative to Background Check (NHJB-2520-P). In addition, the address for the State Police Central Repository was corrected.

Procedure Bulletin 18 Change of Name; RSA 547:3-i, II was revised to clarify that service must be done by the sheriff’s department. This change was done in conjunction with the revisions to the Petition for Change of Name form (NHJB-2175-P). The address for the Department of Corrections was updated with post office box; the person’s name was removed from the address info relative to the Sex Offender Registry. There is more than one person who processes these probate court forms at the registry.

Procedure Bulletin 23 Probate Mediation Procedures was updated to reflect the correct name for the Office of Mediation & Arbitration.

Procedure Bulletin 25 regarding Putative Father Registry was revised to reflect the Policy Committee’s decision of April 2007, that parties and/or attorneys can submit the Putative Father Registry form. The court does not have to send out the form if it has already been received and processed by the state where the child was born.

The Administrative Orders and Procedure Bulletins are available on the Judicial Branch website ( under Probate Court.

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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