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RULES OF THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE -- PROBATE DIVISION 

Rule 15. EXECUTION OF PLEADINGS.


    (A)  All Petitions shall be signed by the Petitioner, except that Petitions requesting equitable relief may be signed by the Petitioner or the Petitioner's Attorney. All bonds, inventories and accounts shall be signed by the Fiduciary. Motions and other Pleadings may be signed by the Party, the Party's Attorney or the attorney's associate. Names, addresses, New Hampshire Bar identification numbers and telephone numbers shall be typed, stamped or printed beneath all signatures on papers to be filed or served.

    The signature of any Person to a Petition, Motion, or other Pleading constitutes a certification that he or she has read the Pleading; that to the best of his or her knowledge, information and belief there is a good ground to support the Pleading; and that it is not interposed for delay.

    If a Petition, Motion, or other Pleading is not signed, it may be stricken and the action may proceed as though it had not been filed.

    (B) 
Pleading Prepared for Unrepresented Party. When an attorney provides limited representation to an otherwise unrepresented party, by drafting a document to be filed by such party with the Court in a proceeding in which (1) the attorney is not entering any appearance, or (2) the attorney has entered a limited appearance which does not include representation regarding such document, the attorney is not required to disclose the attorney’s name on such pleading to be used by that party; any pleading drafted by such limited representation attorney, however, must conspicuously contain the statement “This pleading was prepared with the assistance of a New Hampshire attorney.”  The unrepresented party must comply with this required disclosure.  Notwithstanding that the identity of the drafting attorney need not  be required to be disclosed under this rule, by drafting a pleading to be used in court by an otherwise unrepresented party, the limited representation attorney shall be deemed to have made those same certifications as set forth in Rule 15(A) despite the fact the pleading need not be signed by the attorney.

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