Attorneys Nicole A. Forbes

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associate | Manchester, NH

Nicole is an experienced family law and probate litigator, assisting clients in resolving their family crises in an efficient manner with empathy, compassion, and collegiality. Through thoughtful and tailored strategy unique to client goals and creative solutions to maximize family wealth and limit familial turmoil, she works with self-employed individuals, business owners, business executives, attorneys, dentists, doctors, human resource professionals, homemakers, education professionals, retirees, tradesmen, and others to achieve results that work best for them and their families.

In her family law practice, Nicole assists clients with divorces (including those involving high net worth marital estates, trust assets, business interests, multiple real estate holdings, and other potentially complex assets), divorce planning, legal separations, parenting matters, guardianships, contempt matters, child support matters and modification, alimony modification, other post-divorce issues, and domestic violence issues through full representations or consultation arrangements.

Nicole also has an extensive probate litigation practice, assisting clients with various probate litigation matters, including representing family members and healthcare facilities to obtain guardianships over incapacitated adults, trust beneficiaries in trust contest and breach of fiduciary duty actions, trustees and/or executors in similar actions, widows in enforcement of prenuptial or postnuptial agreements against an estate and/or trust, trustees and/or executors in similar actions, and creditors in collection of amounts owed against estates.

Nicole resolves most cases through negotiation, mediation, and other alternative dispute resolution methods, representing clients at court proceedings when needed. She has briefed and argued cases before the New Hampshire Circuit Court Family Division, including those on the specialized Family Division Complex Case Docket designed for high value and/or highly contentious matters, and the New Hampshire Circuit Court Probate Division. Nicole has also briefed cases before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, New Hampshire Superior Court, and New Hampshire Circuit Court Probate Division, including those on the specialized Trust Docket designed for complex trust cases.

Prior to joining the firm, Nicole was a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Richard Tucker, Massachusetts Superior Court for Worcester County. She was a research assistant for Dean, then Professor, Andrew Perlman for “A Behavioral Theory of Legal Ethics” published in the University of Indiana Law Journal, Professor Charles P. Kindregan for the third edition of Assisted Reproductive Technology: A Lawyer’s Guide to Emerging Law & Science to be published by the American Bar Association, and Professor Stephanie Roberts Hartung for work on active New England Innocence Project cases. As a research assistant for Professor Hartung, Nicole worked on an amicus brief filed with the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on behalf of a wrongfully convicted man, leading to his release from prison on a stay of execution and eventual exoneration.

Admissions and Memberships

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • State of New Hampshire
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, Manchester Bar Association
  • Member, Boston Bar Association
  • Member, New Hampshire Association for Justice
  • Member, New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association Trust & Estate Law Section
  • Clerk, New Hampshire Bar Association Family Law Section

Industry and Civic Involvement

  • Steering Committee, NH Bar Association Leadership Academy
  • NH Bar Association Leadership Academy, 2019 Graduate
  • BNI, Strategic Partners, Visitor Host
  • Host, NHBA Family Law Section January 2020 Meeting
  • Granite United Way, Volunteer and SPBG Campaign Committee Member
  • Moderator, Clerk’s Panel, NHBA Family Law Section 2019 December Meeting
  • Panelist, Pre-Nup, Post-Nup, and No-Nup (Irrevocable Trust) (August 2019)
  • Mock Interview Volunteer, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Alumni Mentor, Suffolk University Law School
  • Alumni Mentor, Southern New Hampshire University

Awards

  • Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers®, Family Law
  • Content Editor, Suffolk University Law Review
  • Vice Magistrate, Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, Rehnquist Inn at Suffolk University Law School
  • Distinguished Brief Award, Suffolk University Law School
  • Honorable Mention Oral Advocate Award, Suffolk University Law School
  • Jurisprudence Award for Property Law, Suffolk University Law School
  • Jurisprudence Award for Evidence/Trial Advocacy, Suffolk University Law School
  • Pro Bono Honors, Suffolk University Law School