Our Team

Missing from photo is Sheila Smith

Our Attorneys

Timothy W. Caldwell

Timothy W. Caldwell

Counselor at Law

Timothy W. Caldwell, Counselor at Law, has over 30 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 recently retired Social Studies teacher at Hanover High School and now involved in multiple community organizations have lived in Lyme Center since 1989. Margaret and Tim have three children: Lucy, lives in London and is a Manager for Deloitte Digital, Heidi is the Director of Running Programs at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center and Patrick works for Redeux Energy in Denver developing utility scale solar and battery projects. The family enjoys a variety of activities including skiing, hiking, swimming and spending time with friends and relatives.

Renée A. Harvey

Renée A. Harvey

Counselor at Law

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 Vermont and New Hampshire. Her practice focuses on estate planning and settlement, assisting clients with making informed decisions. She is a Respecting Choices® Advance Care Planning Certified Facilitator and she is a certified mediator. Renée also serves on the New Hampshire Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Committee, the Patient Choices Vermont Advisory Committee, and is a lecturer at various local institutions. She is the managing partner of Caldwell Law.
James L. Thaxton

James L. Thaxton

Counselor at Law

James 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.

Sonja H. Bailey

Marketing & Events Coordinator and Paralegal

Sonja H. Bailey joined Caldwell Law in September of 2020.  Sonja worked in the legal field for over 15 years in England specializing in intellectual property.  Her focus at Caldwell Law is assisting clients and their initial contact with the office.  Using her creative focus she also coordinates our marketing and events.

Melody J. Baird

Executive Administrative Assistant and Paralegal

Melody J. Baird joined Caldwell Law in November of 2020.  Her focus at Caldwell Law is assisting clients, drafting documents and assistant to Tim Caldwell.

Pamela J. Brackett

Settlement Coordinator and Paralegal

Pamela J. Brackett joined Caldwell Law in June of 2019.  Pam has worked in the Upper Valley legal field for more than 30 years. Her focus at Caldwell Law is on assisting our clients with the titling of their assets as well as estate and trust settlement.

Jaclyn R. Hatt

Office Manager and Paralegal

Jaclyn R. Hatt joined Caldwell Law in 2008. Her primary role is drafting legal documents as well as client coordination and office management. In 2008, she earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Paralegal Studies from Champlain College.

Pamela E. Lain

Trustee Services Coordinator and Paralegal

Pamela E. Lain joined Caldwell Law in March 2012.  Pam has a strong background in estate planning, probate and trust settlement in New Hampshire and Vermont. She 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. 

Sheila Smith


Sheila Smith joined Caldwell Law in March  2012. Sheila has been a full charge bookkeeper for more than 30 years and works with clients throughout Vermont and New Hampshire. She is also a Sage Timeslips Certified Consultant and a QuickBooks ProAdvisor.

Lise F. Solbeck

Asset Alignment Coordinator

Lise F. Solbeck joined Caldwell Law in June 2021. A former NH Assistant County Attorney, Lise truly enjoys being immersed in estate planning and assisting clients in their efforts to achieve their estate planning goals through thorough titling and asset alignment.


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.