Bar News - March 22, 2017
Court News: Court Outlines Changes Coming to Estate Case Filing
Electronic filing of estate cases is scheduled to start in select courts on May 23 (Brentwood, Concord, Dover and Laconia) and in others June 14 (Haverhill, Keene, Lancaster, Nashua, Newport and Ossipee).
Along with the centralization of estate case-processing (see related article), a variety of changes to estate practice will soon be implemented statewide (table below shows some, but not all changes). Changes include electronic filing of estate cases; mailing of wills and death certificates to the Electronic Filing Center for centralized case review; a single, standardized publication fee; centralized court distribution of notice to interested parties; standardized e-filing forms; no fiduciary bond will be required for estates under $25,000; and corporate surety bonds will be mailed to a central location.
The court has organized a series of regional training sessions for estate planning attorneys, and the NH Bar Association has developed an e-filing CLE program that will be held at the NH Bar Center in Concord on May 3. Look for regular NH e-Court updates in e-Bulletin and Bar News.
Register Your Firm
Preparing for e-filing is a two-step process. The first step is registering in the NH Judicial Branch e-filing system, and the second step is understanding the e-filing process itself. The training sessions listed below focus on the e-filing aspect of estate cases.
Prior to attending any of the estate case e-filing training sessions listed below, attorneys are encouraged to make sure their firms are registered in the e-filing system. A webinar available through the NH Judicial Branch website walks attorneys and firm administrators through the process of registering in the e-filing system. To access that training, which is provided by system vendor Tyler Technologies, visittthe Electronic Services page on the court’s website.
On the Electronic Services page, under the “Attorneys” section, select “Odyssey File & Serve Online Training.” Scroll down until you see the link for administrator training. In this section you will be able to register for a live “Firm Administrator” training or watch a recorded training session.
Regional Training Opportunities
The NH Judicial Branch, in collaboration with several law firms and the Bar Association CLE Committee, is offering the following Estate E-filing Training opportunities:
- Tuesday, April 18, 2-4 p.m., at Morneau Law, 30 Temple St., Nashua. The in-person attendee maximum for this session is 10. Participation by webinar is also available. Please RSVP to Sarah Newhouse, (603) 943-5647.
- Thursday, April 20, 2-4 p.m., at McLane Middleton, 900 Elm St., Manchester. The in-person attendee maximum for this session is 30. Participation by webinar is also available. Please RSVP to Catherine Allard, (603) 628-1179.
- Tuesday, April 25, 2-4 p.m., at McLane Middleton, 100 Arboretum Drive, Suite 140, Newington. The in-person attendee maximum for this session is 12. Participation by webinar is also available. Please RSVP to Catherine Allard, (603) 628-1179.
- The NH Bar Association will conduct an Estates CLE on Wednesday, May 3, at the Bar Center in Concord, followed by an afternoon e-filing training session.
Anyone interested in attending one of the regional sessions should reply to the contact person listed above, indicating whether attendance is requested in person or via webinar.
In addition to these training sessions, on or before Friday, May 19, the NH Judicial Branch will post online a recorded Estate Electronic Filing Recorded Demonstration for anyone unable to attend one of the live training sessions. The webinar will be on the court’s Electronic Services web page.
The Electronic Services page of the NH Judicial Branch website (right side of the home page) provides e-filing resources and updates. The NH e-Court Project page on the Judicial Branch website (left side of the home page) provides a new project timeline and other resources, including an activity report.