Nicole A. Forbes

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Phone: 603.223.9176
Email: nforbes@orr-reno.com
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Overview

Attorney

Nicole is an experienced family law 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.

Through full representations or consultation arrangements, 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 (formerly custody) matters, guardianships, contempt matters, child support matters and modification, alimony modification, other post-divorce issues, restraining order/protective order matters for domestic violence, stalking, harassment, and more.

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, the New Hampshire Circuit Court Probate Division, and the New Hampshire Circuit Court District 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.

Past Experience

Prior to joining the firm, Nicole practiced family law and probate litigation at a large New Hampshire law firm. She was also 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.

Professional & Community Involvement

Professional Involvement

  • Co-Vice Chair (former Clerk), New Hampshire Bar Association Family Law Section
  • Steering Committee & Graduate, New Hampshire Bar Association Leadership Academy
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association Trust & Estate Law Section
  • Programming Committee, New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association
  • Mentor Coordinator (former Visitor Host), BNI – Strategic Partners
  • Member, New Hampshire Bar Association
  • Member, Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Member, New Hampshire Association for Justice

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer, Granite United Way
  • Alumni Mentor & Mock Interview Volunteer, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Alumni Mentor, Suffolk University Law School

Honors & Distinctions

  • 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

Publications

  • “Domestic Violence’s Impact: It’s Another Workplace Safety Issue that Employers Must Address,” New Hampshire Business Review (Nov. 2021)
  • “Drafting with an Eye to Litigation: Tips to Safeguard Enforceability of Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements at the Time of Divorce or Legal Separation,” NHBA Bar News (co-author) (Nov. 2021)
  • “Vaccination Mandate Rules for Contractors and Subcontractors: Detailing What the President’s Executive Order Means for Firms That Do Business with the Government,” New Hampshire Business Review (Oct. 2021)
  • “NH Legal Perspective: A Review of New Hampshire’s New Alimony Statute,” New Hampshire Union Leader (Aug. 2019)
  • “NH Legal Perspective: Family in crisis — Is a guardianship the solution?,” New Hampshire Union Leader (June 2017)
  • “NH Legal Perspective: Basic estate plans and why every millennial needs one,” New Hampshire Union Leader (Apr. 2017)
  • “Advising Clients on Guardianships of Minors in Light of the Opiate Epidemic,” NHBA Bar News (Mar. 2017) (co-author)
  • “NH Legal Perspective: Are revocable trusts still relevant?,” New Hampshire Union Leader (Mar. 2016)

Presentations

  • Panelist, CLE – Pre-Nup & Post-Nup, New Hampshire Bar Association (Dec. 2021)
  • Presenter, CLE – Nuts and Bolts of Family Law: Property Division, New Hampshire Bar Association (Nov. 2021)
  • Presenter, CLE – Signposts on the Tax Road: Family Law, New Hampshire Bar Association (March 2021)
  • Presenter, CLE – 2020 Legal Update to New Hampshire Family Law, New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (Jan. 2021)
  • Moderator, CLE – Domestic Violence in the Pandemic: A Guide for Practitioners, New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association (Jan. 2021)
  • Moderator, The Business Side of Family Law, New Hampshire Bar Association Family Law Section January 2021 Meeting
  • Host, NHBA Family Law Section January 2020 Meeting
  • Moderator, Clerk’s Panel, NHBA Family Law Section 2019 December Meeting
  • Panelist, Pre-Nup, Post-Nup, and No-Nup (Irrevocable Trust), New Hampshire Bar Association (Aug. 2019)

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