Christine M. Hanisco Elected to Vice Chair of Executive Committee

Attorney Christine M. Hanisco of The Stein Law Firm in Concord, New Hampshire has been elected Vice Chair of the Executive Committee of Resolve New England.  RNE provides support, education and advocacy to those struggling with fertility and family building throughout New England.  Attorney Hanisco has brought her experience as an adoption and assisted reproduction attorney to the RNE Board since 2017.  She looks forward to further contributing to RNE’s mission and expanding its reach to all who can benefit from its work.

Robert Stein has been selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2022

In the 2022 edition of “Best Lawyers – New England,” Robert A. Stein has received top-tier acknowledgements from his peers, earning The Stein Law Firm, PLLC national and regional recognition.

Attorney Stein has been recognized for excellence in four practice areas, including Family Law; Personal Injury Litigation; Product Liability Litigation; Trusts and Estates Litigation; and this year in a new category: Commercial Litigation.

Robert Stein has been selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2021

Robert A. Stein of The Stein Law Firm, PLLC have been selected by his peers for inclusion in the latest edition of The Best Lawyers in America.  Attorney Stein has been listed in multiple areas including, Plaintiff Personal Injury Litigation, General Litigation, Trust and Estate Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Family Law Litigation, and Commercial Litigation.  The 2021 edition marks the 32nd consecutive year that Stein, a veteran trial lawyer and noted plaintiffs’ attorney, has been included in the publication.

New Hampshire Expands Access to Parentage Protections

On Monday, July 19th Governor Chris Sununu signed into law House Bill 1162 which modernizes New Hampshire’s adoption law and expands access to parentage orders for families created through donor conception. Attorney Chrissy Hanisco drafted the legislation with input from local attorneys, as well as from Attorneys Polly Crozier and Chris Erchull of GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders and ACLU of New Hampshire’s Political Director Jeanne Hruska and Trans Justice Organizer Palana Belken. The law makes three significant changes: first, it allows unmarried couples to adopt, including in stepparent situations; second, it allows LGTBQ+ parents to obtain a confirmatory adoption for the non-genetic parent regardless of their marital status; and third it allows nongenetic parents who conceived using donor gametes the ability to obtain a parentage order.  These changes will give legal security to children by issuing judicial decrees that must be given full faith and credit outside of New Hampshire.

“Establishing the bond of parentage – the legal connection between a child and their parents –  is core to a child’s stability and security,” said Attorney Chrissy Hanisco, adoption and assisted reproduction practitioner at the Stein Law Firm, PLLC. “All New Hampshire children deserve to have access to that security, whether born through donor conception or if they lost parents from the opioid crisis or other circumstances. Adoption is one important route to create legally-affirmed parent-child relationships. This law removes outdated barriers to adoption and parentage judgments that have for too long left some children and families vulnerable, with no path to establish that critical connection.”

Attorney Hanisco wishes to thank Representative Ed Butler who once again championed the rights of children and families, secured bipartisan support in both chambers, and shepherded the bill through a highly unique legislative session!

Chrissy Hanisco Elected As a Governor-at-Large

Attorney Chrissy Hanisco was elected to NH Bar Association Board of Governor’s as a Governor-at-Large.  Typically a 3-year term, Chrissy was appointed for the 2019-2020 term to fill a vacated seat and has been elected by Bar membership for the final year.  You can find her recent article, Attorney Diligence During a Worldwide Pandemic the April 15, 2020 issue of NH Bar News.

Attorney Hanisco also was recently interviewed by Seattle Sperm Bank about legal considerations when using a sperm donor. You can find the interview at their blog.