Probate and Estate Planning
New Hampshire and Vermont

Estate planning and settlement focuses on your life today and tomorrow and what happens after your death.

How do you want to be cared for if you are unable to communicate? Will someone have to obtain legal guardianship over me? What is probate? What is a living trust? If you need answers to these and other estate planning questions, stay here with us for a few moments.

Lives are rarely static. Things change as life progresses. Our circumstances and attitudes evolve. The laws and tax codes change. Developing a plan and keeping it current is the goal of Caldwell Law's estate planning guide.

From left to right: Attorney Jessica Seman, Kelly Gardner, Pam Lain, Brenda Johnson,
Jackie Hatt, Alicia McClelland, and Attorney Tim Caldwell


Our Attorneys

Timothy W. Caldwell, Counselor at Law, has 23 years of experience in the Upper Valley and since 1997, has concentrated his practice on estate planning and settlement. He graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and earned his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. He served as chair and member of the Lyme School Board, the Upper Valley Planned Giving Council, and was instrumental in establishing the LeaveALegacy®NH/VT. 

Prior to practicing law, Tim was a competitive cross country skier. He competed in four Olympics and three World Championships. He and his wife, Margaret, a long-time Social Studies teacher at Hanover High School, and their three children, Lucy, Heidi and Patrick, have lived in Lyme Center, New Hampshire, since 1989. They enjoy a variety of activities including skiing, hiking, swimming and spending time with friends and relatives.

  • New Hampshire State Bar
  • Vermont State Bar
  • WealthCounsel Professional Organization
  • ElderCounsel Professional Organization
  • Upper Valley Planned Giving Counsel
  • LeaveALegacy®NH/VT
Estate Planning Attorneys Tim Caldwell and Jessica Seman

Jessica L. Seman, Associate Attorney, joined Caldwell Law in 2008. She concentrates her practice on elder law issues, including estate and long-term care planning, Medicaid planning, estate settlement and special needs planning.  Prior to joining Caldwell Law, Jessica worked at a civil litigation firm in Southern Vermont.  She also served as a law clerk for the New Hampshire Superior Court and for Associate Justice James E. Duggan (ret.) of the New Hampshire Supreme Court.  Jessica graduated from Smith College with a degree in anthropology and studio art and earned her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Vermont Law School.  While in law school Jessica served as a Dean's Fellow and a member of the Vermont Law Review.

Jessica lives in Reading, Vermont with her husband and two children.  She enjoys skiing, hiking, running, cooking and gardening.


  • New Hampshire State Bar
  • Vermont State Bar
  • New Hampshire Women's Bar Association
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) 

Our Estate Planning and Administration Staff

Pamela E. Lain, Legal Assistant, joined Caldwell Law in March 2012.  Pam has a strong background in estate planning, probate, and estate and trust settlement in New Hampshire and Vermont.  She assists clients with estate planning interviews, trust settlement, ongoing trustee services and estate settlement.

Brenda L. Johnson, Legal Assistant, joined Caldwell Law in December 2012.  Brenda has over 20 years of experience working in the legal arena in both New Hampshire and Vermont.  Her primary role is assisting clients with trustee services as well as estate settlement and trust settlement. 

Jaclyn R. Hatt, Administrative Assistant and Legal Assistant, has been with Caldwell Law since 2008. Her responsibilities include drafting, estate planning, and Medicaid applications. In 2008, she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies from Champlain College.

Alicia R. McClelland, Receptionist, Customer Services Coordinator and Administrative Assistant, has been with Caldwell Law since 2011. Her responsibilities include welcoming visitors, providing customer service, organizing Tim's schedule, coordinating and executing special events. Previously a hotel manager, Alicia has a strong background in administration and marketing.

Kelly M. Gardner, Funding Coordinator, joined Caldwell Law in October 2012. Kelly previously worked for The Global Health Council, a membership organization.  She was responsible for the management of membership services, increasing the membership base, enhancing and expanding the servicing and retention of the members.  Kelly currently assists in retitling assets, ensuring they are titled correctly by working with clients and financial institutions.


Ready to meet these skilled professionals and get started with your estate plan? Contact Caldwell Law today.