Nelson's practice is focused in the area of Trusts & Estates in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. He represents medium to high net worth individuals, families, retirees, professionals and business owners in matters of estate planning, sophisticated wealth transfer strategies, estate and trust administration and business succession planning. Nelson also handles Elder Law and disability issues, assisting seniors and their families with issues relating to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, guardianships, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. He also prepares Special Needs Trusts for families with adult or minor children with special needs. Nelson is a frequent speaker on Estate Planning, Medicaid Planning, Special Needs Trusts, Probate Matters, and Trust Administration.

Practice Areas


  • Boston University School of Law, LL.M., Taxation, 2002
  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1988
  • University of Rochester, B.A., 1985
    • Magna Cum Laude
    • Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Memberships

  • New Hampshire
  • Massachusetts

Work Experience

  • Hinckley Allen
    • Partner (2010 - Present)
  • Devine Millimet & Branch, P.A
    • Of Counsel
  • McLane, Graf, Raulerson & Middleton, P.A.
    • Associate

Professional Affiliations

  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate Section, Past Chair
  • New Hampshire Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Founding Member, Officer and Member of the Board of Directors
  • Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • New Hampshire Estate Planning Council, Member
  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • New Hampshire Bar Association, Member
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member

Special Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2010-2016) Recognized for Trusts and Estates
  • Super Lawyers, New England (2007-2008, 2011-2012)

Charitable & Civic Involvement

  • Bethany Covenant Church, Bedford, NH


  • Inside the Minds: Establishing a Guardianship for Elder Law Clients, Aspatore Books, Thomas Reuters, published in 2013
  • A Practical Guide to Estate Planning in New Hampshire, MCLE New England, published in 2012
  • “Ethical Challenges in Representing Elderly Clients”, New Hampshire Bar Journal, published in Spring 2005


  • “Trusts 101,” National Business Institute, June 2012
  • “Elder Law and Medicaid Planning,” National Business Institute, September 2011
  • “Drafting and Administering Special Needs Trusts,” National Business Institute, March
  • “Trusts 101,” National Business Institute, October 2010
  • “Basic Estate Planning,” New Hampshire Bar Association, March 2010
  • “Elder Law in New Hampshire,” New Hampshire Bar Association, December 2009
  • “Special Needs Trusts,” Lorman Education Services, January 2009
  • "Probate Practice: The Essential Basics," National Business Institute, January 2008
  • "Special Needs Trusts," Lorman Education Services, December 2007
  • "Will and Estate Planning Workshop," Department of Transportation, November 2007
  • "Estate Planning Update," Plymouth State University Alumni Seminar, October 2007
  • "Estate, Disability and Medicaid Planning in New Hampshire," National Business Institute, June 2007
  • "Asset Protection: Opportunities, Strategies & Pitfalls," New Hampshire Bar Association, May 2007
  • “Elder Planning,” Lorman Education Services, March 2007
  • Prior to 2006, various seminars on Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, and Medicaid Planning issues.

Representative Transactions

  • Represents individuals and couples in formulating and implementing basic and sophisticated estate planning strategies, including the preparation of wills, revocable trusts, irrevocable trusts, powers of attorney and living wills.
  • Represents seniors and their families in formulating and implementing Medicaid planning strategies and in applying for Medicaid benefits
  • Represents seniors and their families in proceedings before the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
  • Assists families in preparing Special Needs Trusts and advising them on trust issues
  • Advises individuals, families, corporate fiduciaries and beneficiaries on their rights and obligations and represents them in probate court matters
  • Represents individuals and families in guardianship matters