Lawson Persson Weldon-Francke Law Firm Laconia NH

Attorney Shawna Bentley

Family Law, Education Law, Estate Planning & Probate

Shawna Bentley

Background and Education
Shawna is a New Hampshire native having grown up in Canterbury, New Hampshire. She joined the firm in July 2018 after graduating from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center), where she completed the Daniel Webster Scholar Honors Program.

While at UNH Law, Shawna received the American Bar Association/ Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in Labor & Employment Law as well as the National Association of Women Lawyers Award for contribution to the advancement of women in society. Shawna also served as a research assistant at the National Education Association of New Hampshire, completed judicial internships at the Belknap County Superior Court and Franklin District and Family Courts, and worked as a teaching assistant for Legal Research at UNH Law.

Shawna previously attended Southern New Hampshire University. She graduated with a double major in English Language and Literature and English Education, and later went on to work as a high school English teacher in Central New Hampshire. A former educator, Shawna is passionate about advocating for children and families, and that drive fuels her work in the areas of Family Law, Education Law, Estate Planning and Probate.

Shawna is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire and currently serves as Treasurer for the Belknap County Bar Association.

Though Shawna primarily sees clients out of the Laconia office, appointments may also be made to meet in the firm’s Concord office.

Personal Interests and Activities
Shawna is a movie buff and avid reader, and enjoys kayaking, traveling, and cooking. A tourist in her own state, she likes to learn about New Hampshire and enjoy its scenery and attractions whenever she can. She resides in Belmont with her husband and their many pets.

Shawna’s Family Law Practice
Shawna has seen clients through various sensitive and complex family law issues, and works with each of her clients to develop an individualized and effective approach for each case. Her family law practice includes:
 Divorce and Legal Separation
 Property Division
 Spousal Support/ Alimony
 Parental Rights and Responsibilities (Custody/Visitation)
 Child Support
 Grandparents’ Rights
 Guardianship of Minors
 Termination of Parental Rights

 Domestic Violence (Petitions/ Defense)
 Pre-nuptial and Post-nuptial agreements

Shawna’s Estate Planning and Probate Practice
Shawna understands that the prospect of beginning an end of life plan can be overwhelming, and she strives to help clients prepare effective estate plans that minimize the probate process. Her estate planning and probate practice includes:
 Wills
 Powers of Attorney
 Advance Directives and Living Wills (Powers of Attorney for Healthcare)
 Trusts and Trust Amendments
 Transfers of Personal Property
 Deed Preparation
 Trust Administration
 Estate Administration
 Guardianships

Call or email for more information about Shawna’s Education Law Practice.

Shawna can be contacted by telephone at 603-528-2900 or by email at

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