Our Team


Top Row left to right: Attorney Timothy Caldwell, Jaclyn Hatt, Pamela Lain, Eileen Pornelos, Dina D'cruze, Sheila Smith, Joanne Oscadal, Attorney Renée Harvey, and Attorney James Thaxton

Bottom Row left to right: Julie Cryans and Christopher Jayne

Our Attorneys

Estate Planning Attorney Tim CaldwellTimothy W. Caldwell, Counselor at Law, has 26 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 New England Nordic Ski Association, the Upper Valley Planned Giving Council, and was instrumental in establishing LeaveALegacy®NH/VT.  Tim is also a Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Certified Facilitator. Currently he serves as a Regional Advisor to the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and is a coach for the Ford Sayre Cross Country Ski Team.

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 have lived in Lyme Center, New Hampshire, since 1989. Margaret and Tim have three children: Lucy, lives in London and works for Deliotte, Heidi is a graduate student at the University of Vermont, and Patrick is a senior at Dartmouth College. The family enjoys a variety of activities including skiing, hiking, swimming and spending time with friends and relatives.

Estate Planning Attorney Renée A. Harvey Renée A. Harvey, Counselor at Law, has worked in the New York, Vermont and New Hampshire legal systems since 1990. She is a graduate of Vermont Law School and is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire and Vermont. Her practice focuses on estate planning and settlement, she is a Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Certified Facilitator, and she is an experienced mediator and elder law practitioner. Renée also serves on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Committee and is a lecturer at various local institutions. Prior to practicing law, Renée was a court reporter in New York for over a decade. She and her husband, Mark, live in Norwich, Vermont.

JamesJames L. Thaxton, Counselor at Law, joined Caldwell Law in October 2015. Jamie received his Juris Doctorate and Master’s Degree in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School in 2001 and is licensed to practice law in the state and federal courts of New Hampshire. His responsibilities include Medicaid and estate planning, real estate transactions, and assisting clients with estate settlement. He is also a Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Certified Facilitator. In addition to his law practice, Jamie volunteers his time with several non-profit organizations and sits on the Town of Thetford (Vermont), Planning Commission.

Our Estate Planning and Administrative Staff

Pamela E. LainPamela E. Lain, Funding and Fiduciary Services Coordinator, joined Caldwell Law in March 2012.  Pam has a strong background in estate planning, probate and trust settlement in New Hampshire and Vermont. She interviews prospective estate planning clients, assists clients with titling assets in a manner consistent with their estate plan, conducts funding/titling training workshops for trust-based and will-based plans, organizes our annual Lifeplan funding review, coordinates our trustee services, and assists clients with trust settlement matters.
Her email address is: pam@estateandelderlawgroup.com
   Joanne F. Oscadal, Paralegal, joined Caldwell Law in October 2016. Joanne has over
   20 years of experience working in the legal arena in both New Hampshire and
   Vermont. Her primary role is assisting clients with estate and trust settlement.

   Her email address is joanne@estateandelderlawgroup.com

Jaclyn Jaclyn R. Hatt, Administrative Assistant and Legal Assistant, joined Caldwell Law in 2008. Her primary role is drafting legal documents as well as organizing Tim's schedule. In 2008, she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies from Champlain College. 

Her email address is: jackie@estateandelderlawgroup.com

Julie W. Cryans, Client Service Coordinator, joined Caldwell Law in September 2016. Julie has over 25 years of administrative experience in the field of law.  Her responsibilities include welcoming visitors, providing customer service, and coordinating and executing special events.  

Her email address is julie@estateandelderlawgroup.com

 Eileen G. Pornelos, Lifeplan™ Coordinator, joined Caldwell Law in January 2018, bringing with her over 28 years’ experience in the areas of estate planning and estate settlement.  Eileen assists our Lifeplan™ clients with keeping their estate plans up to date, including helping to make sure their assets are titled in a manner consistent with their plans.  Eileen’s other responsibilities include interviewing prospective estate planning clients, conducting funding/titling workshops and coordinating our annual Lifeplan funding review.

Her email address is: eileen@estateandelderlawgroup.com

 Sheila Smith, Bookkeeper, joined Caldwell Law in March  2012. Sheila has been a full charge bookkeeper for 32 years and works with clients throughout Vermont and New Hampshire.  She is also a Sage Timeslips Certified Consultant and a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

Her email address is: 


 Dina D'cruze and Christopher Jayne, Interns, joined Caldwell Law in the summer of 2018. Dina graduated from Fordham University and lives in Lebanon, NH. Chris graduated from Bowdoin College and lives in Windsor, VT. Both aspire to attend graduate school in the fall of 2019.

Email addresses are: intern@estateandelderlawgroup.com and office@estateandelderlawgroup.com

Estate Planning and Settlement is All About Your Needs

When you become our client, you join our extended family. We meet from time to time to work on estate plan maintenance. We also get together to have a good time at annual social events.