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Bernson & Burnham, PLLC
Tracy Bernson

824 Central Avenue
Dover NH 03820
(603) 516-2878

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Bernson & Burnham, PLLC


Bernson & Burnham, PLLC is located on the beautiful seacoast in Dover. We pride ourselves on our no-nonsense representation of client interests. Aggressively seeking the best possible outcome for a client is at the heart of our practice. We strive to find unique and creative strategies for solving our clients’ legal dilemmas.

In January 2008, Attorney Tracy A. Bernson and Attorney Stephanie K. Burnham merged their own successful law practices and formed Bernson & Burnham, PLLC, combining their areas of expertise in litigation, estate planning and wealth preservation, and small business representation. Thanks to a small elite staff, and dedication, your calls are returned promptly. Helping you obtain your goals is the only concern.

"We look at the law differently."

Please Call: 603 516 2878

Tracy A. Bernson, Esq. formed Bernson Law Office in 2004 after practicing for a small conservative law firm on the seacoast. In 2006, Bernson Law Office became Bernson Legal and Guardian ad Litem Services, PLLC to more accurately represent the work that Attorney Bernson does. In 2008, Attorney Bernson, with her business partner, Stephanie K. Burnham Esq., formed Bernson & Burnham, PLLC, combining their areas of expertise in litigation, estate planning and wealth preservation, and small business representation. Thanks to a small elite staff, and dedication, your calls are returned promptly. Helping you obtain your goals is the only concern.

Attorney Bernson trained at one of the top 10 trial advocacy programs in the country, at Syracuse University College of Law, from where she graduated with her Juris Doctor degree in 2003. While in law school, Attorney Bernson was a semi-finalist for the annual National Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, focusing on appellate civil rights issues. Additionally, she was a communication consultant for the National Trial Team, and served on the University's Judicial Appeals Board. While a student, Attorney Bernson worked as a Research Assistant for Dean Keith E. Sealing; her assistance culminated in the following articles: PELIGRO! Failure to Warn of a Product's Inherit Risk in Spanish should Constitute a Product Defect, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review (Fall 2001); Teaching Fundamental Learning Techniques with Moore v. Regents of the University of California, St. Louis University Law Journal (Summer 2002); and 'State Sponsors of Terrorism' Is a Question, Not an Answer: The Terrorism Amendment to the FSIA Makes Less Sense Now Than it Did Before 9/11 Texas International Law Journal (Winter 2003).

Please Call: 603 516 2878

Attorney Bernson's legal work experience includes clerking for Northern District of New York (Syracuse) Judge Norman A. Mordue and New York State Supreme Court Justice, John J. Brunetti, for a law clerk for the New York State Attorney General's Civil Litigation office, working in the area of the New York State Unified Court System Appellate Division, providing legal representation to clients who are in-patient at psychiatric institutions. Finally, Attorney Bernson has small practice experience in the area of litigation.

As a trial attorney, Attorney Bernson concentrates her practice in family law, which includes divorce, child custody, abuse and neglect, and child support matters; probate litigation, which includes guardianships, termination of parental rights, powers of attorney disputes, trust disputes; criminal defense, both felony and misdemeanor offenses, for adults and children; and general litigation matters, including landlord/tenant disputes, contract matters, among others. Besides being a trial attorney, Attorney Bernson is also a NH Board Certified Guardian ad Litem.

She is a member of the NH Bar Association, the American Bar Association (Litigation and Family Law Sections), the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association (the Ethics and Evidence Sections), the NH Women’s Bar Association, the National Association of Counsel for Children, the NH Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Charles C. Doe Inns of Court. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New Hampshire and the Federal District Court of NH. She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Ethics Committee, which drafts the Rules of Professional Conduct for all NH lawyers and issues advisory opinions on ethical issues submitted for review by local practitioners. Attorney Bernson is also a member of the Court Improvement Project’s Committee on Representing Parents. She is a former member of the NH Bar New Editorial Board, a publication of the NH Bar Association.

Attorney Bernson regularly participates in activities which introduce the legal system to NH's youth. For two years, she has served as a judge at both the local and state level for the annual We the People competition, hosted by the Law Related Education Program of the New Hampshire Bar Association. Additionally, she has been a judge in the Annual State Mock Trial competition, which is also sponsored by the NHBA. She is the former Assistant Head Coach of the University of New Hampshire's Mock Trial Team. During her tenure as Assistant Head Coach, she led her varsity team to an Honorable Mention award at the National Tournament, held in Minneapolis, MN. It was the first time the team had been to a National Tournament.

Attorney Bernson has answered legal questions posed by local citizens in the Bar Association's column A Question of Law, which has been featured in the Concord Monitor and the New Hampshire Union Leader. Her most recent article is "Employers Do Have a Role in Helping to Keep Workers Safe" featured in the Concord Monitor (October 31, 2004). Additionally, has been featured in local articles about pressing consumer issues, including pursuing damages against inept and unethical building contractors. These articles include Regulating Builders: Rising Complaints Spark Efforts to Protect Homeowners and Beware of a Contractor's Uncommonly Low Price, both featured in Foster's Sunday Citizen (January 23, 2005).

Attorney Bernson practices in all of New Hampshire's courts and is frequently appointed as counsel, Guardian ad Litem, and Appraiser.

Born in Augusta, Maine, and raised in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Attorney Bernson lives in Somersworth, NH. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in English from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, a Certificate of Advanced Studies (C.A.S.) in Women's Studies from Syracuse University, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Syracuse University, and has completed coursework in English toward an MA, also from Syracuse University. As a former McNair Scholar, Attorney Bernson is avid supporter of the McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. She loves going to the beach year round.

Please Call: 603 516 2878

Tracy A. Bernson

Tracy A. Bernson, Esq. formed Bernson Law Office in 2004 after practicing for a small conservative law firm on the seacoast. In 2006, Bernson Law Office became Bernson Legal and Guardian ad Litem Services, PLLC to more accurately represent the work that Attorney Bernson does. In 2008, Attorney Bernson, with her business partner, Stephanie K. Burnham Esq., formed Bernson & Burnham, PLLC, combining their areas of expertise in litigation, estate planning and wealth preservation, and small business representation. Thanks to a small elite staff, and dedication, your calls are returned promptly. Helping you obtain your goals is the only concern.

Attorney Bernson trained at one of the top 10 trial advocacy programs in the country, at Syracuse University College of Law, from where she graduated with her Juris Doctor degree in 2003. While in law school, Attorney Bernson was a semi-finalist for the annual National Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition, focusing on appellate civil rights issues. Additionally, she was a communication consultant for the National Trial Team, and served on the University's Judicial Appeals Board. While a student, Attorney Bernson worked as a Research Assistant for Dean Keith E. Sealing; her assistance culminated in the following articles: PELIGRO! Failure to Warn of a Product's Inherit Risk in Spanish should Constitute a Product Defect, Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review (Fall 2001); Teaching Fundamental Learning Techniques with Moore v. Regents of the University of California, St. Louis University Law Journal (Summer 2002); and 'State Sponsors of Terrorism' Is a Question, Not an Answer: The Terrorism Amendment to the FSIA Makes Less Sense Now Than it Did Before 9/11 Texas International Law Journal (Winter 2003).

Attorney Bernson's legal work experience includes clerking for Northern District of New York (Syracuse) Judge Norman A. Mordue and New York State Supreme Court Justice, John J. Brunetti, for a law clerk for the New York State Attorney General's Civil Litigation office, working in the area of the New York State Unified Court System Appellate Division, providing legal representation to clients who are in-patient at psychiatric institutions. Finally, Attorney Bernson has small practice experience in the area of litigation.

As a trial attorney, Attorney Bernson concentrates her practice in family law, which includes divorce, child custody, abuse and neglect, and child support matters; probate litigation, which includes guardianships, termination of parental rights, powers of attorney disputes, trust disputes; criminal defense, both felony and misdemeanor offenses, for adults and children; and general litigation matters, including landlord/tenant disputes, contract matters, among others. Besides being a trial attorney, Attorney Bernson is also a NH Board Certified Guardian ad Litem.

She is a member of the NH Bar Association, the American Bar Association (Litigation and Family Law Sections), the American Association for Justice, formerly known as the American Trial Lawyers Association (the Ethics and Evidence Sections), the NH Women’s Bar Association, the National Association of Counsel for Children, the NH Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Charles C. Doe Inns of Court. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New Hampshire and the Federal District Court of NH. She is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association's Ethics Committee, which drafts the Rules of Professional Conduct for all NH lawyers and issues advisory opinions on ethical issues submitted for review by local practitioners. Attorney Bernson is also a member of the Court Improvement Project’s Committee on Representing Parents. She is a former member of the NH Bar New Editorial Board, a publication of the NH Bar Association.

Attorney Bernson regularly participates in activities which introduce the legal system to NH's youth. For two years, she has served as a judge at both the local and state level for the annual We the People competition, hosted by the Law Related Education Program of the New Hampshire Bar Association. Additionally, she has been a judge in the Annual State Mock Trial competition, which is also sponsored by the NHBA. She is the former Assistant Head Coach of the University of New Hampshire's Mock Trial Team. During her tenure as Assistant Head Coach, she led her varsity team to an Honorable Mention award at the National Tournament, held in Minneapolis, MN. It was the first time the team had been to a National Tournament.

Attorney Bernson has answered legal questions posed by local citizens in the Bar Association's column A Question of Law, which has been featured in the Concord Monitor and the New Hampshire Union Leader. Her most recent article is "Employers Do Have a Role in Helping to Keep Workers Safe" featured in the Concord Monitor (October 31, 2004). Additionally, has been featured in local articles about pressing consumer issues, including pursuing damages against inept and unethical building contractors. These articles include Regulating Builders: Rising Complaints Spark Efforts to Protect Homeowners and Beware of a Contractor's Uncommonly Low Price, both featured in Foster's Sunday Citizen (January 23, 2005).

Attorney Bernson practices in all of New Hampshire's courts and is frequently appointed as counsel, Guardian ad Litem, and Appraiser.

Born in Augusta, Maine, and raised in Londonderry, New Hampshire, Attorney Bernson lives in Somersworth, NH. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A) degree in English from the University of New Hampshire at Manchester, a Certificate of Advanced Studies (C.A.S.) in Women's Studies from Syracuse University, a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Syracuse University, and has completed coursework in English toward an MA, also from Syracuse University. As a former McNair Scholar, Attorney Bernson is avid supporter of the McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program. She loves going to the beach year round.

Practice Areas

Family Law
We represent our clients in complicated matters of divorce, legal separation, modification of parenting plans, child support matters, adoptions, termination of parental rights, children in need of services cases, and abuse and neglect cases. We listen to your goals and use creative strategies to achieve the best possible outcome in these highly emotional conflicts, so that you can regain control of your life.

Criminal Law
We represent both juvenile and adult clients accused of misdemeanors and felony level offenses. For juvenile’s, we apply our proven understanding of the juvenile system to all phases of a case, including the arraignment, adjudication, dispositional hearing, and review hearings. For adults, we use our creative methods and employ experts and private investigators to protect our clients’ liberty interests.

Probate Litigation
We represent clients in complicated and emotionally charged disputes involving wills, trusts, powers of attorney, guardianships, and property matters. Whether the case involves a disputed will, the questioning of a loved one’s finances by a fiduciary, or a boundary dispute, we use experts, proven discovery methods, and aggressive strategies to seek answers to important questions that affect your family and future generations.

General Litigation
We provide aggressive and creative representation in a variety of legal matters including, but not limited to, contract disputes, real estate transactions gone awry, and small business litigation. If you have a legal problem that involves going to trial, we can help you.

Asset Protection
We provide Irrevocable Trusts, assist families in transferring assets where appropriate, and also provide assistance in any stage of the Medicaid process. We can provide our clients with an explanation of Medicaid and how it would affect them and their families as well as all other options available to our clients. We also can provide asset protection options for our clients who are not yet concerned about Medicaid but may have other needs of Asset Protection.

Wills, Trusts, Estates
We can assist our clients by drafting Wills, Trusts, Durable Powers of Attorney, Durable Powers of Attorney for Health Care and Living Wills. We also can assist in Administrating Trusts, preparing Estate Tax Returns, reviewing legal documents and explanations of estate plans set up by other Attorneys.

We listen to our clients’ goals and take the time to help our clients understand all of their options. This allows our clients to make an informed decision about their estate planning options. We also welcome our clients to call and ask questions about their estate plan and will assist our clients in any way necessary to make sure that our clients’ goals are met.

Small Business
We counsel our clients in the different types of business formats available and make recommendations based on our clients’ needs. We can assist our clients in creating a business, purchasing or selling a business, Buy-Sell Agreements and even business succession planning. We also can assist businesses with contract reviews and other document preparations.

Real Estate
We can help if you are purchasing or selling a home. We can provide Purchase & Sale Agreements, closing documents, title searches, real estate deeds, and assist throughout the closing process. We also can assist clients through real estate development, land subdivision, condominium conversions and attorney general filings.

We also can provide valuable assistance to real estate investors and advise them on protecting their personal property from their investments.

Bankruptcy
In this harsh economy and with the rise in foreclosures, it is more and more common for people to need some assistance and to start over. We can assist you in getting your fresh start.

Partners

Tracy A. Bernson, Esquire
Attorney Bernson practices in all of New Hampshire’s courts and is frequently appointed as counsel, Guardian ad Litem, and Appraiser.

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Stephanie K. Burnham, Esquire
Attorney Burnham has focused her practice on three primary areas: wills, trusts and estates; small business representation; and real estate matters.

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Legal Staff

Joseph Raboin
Joseph Raboin joined the Firm as Bernson & Burnham, PLLC’s Receptionist and Billing Clerk in February 2009. He was promoted to Legal Assistant to Stephanie K. Burnham, Esquire and Billing Clerk, in May 2009. In 2007, Joseph earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at the University of New Hampshire, Whittemore School of Business, with a minor in political science. While at UNH, Joseph was a member of the Atkin’s investment group, an extracurricular group where participants are taught how to invest wisely. Joseph worked as a Manager at a retail food store for over eight years, until joining the Firm in February 2009. He looks forward to greeting our clients with a smile and helping them with their accounts when needed.


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