Local, Dependable Law Services.


Keene, NH

Social Security Disability

Are you unable to work because of illness, injury or disability? Are you frustrated because the Social Security Administration has denied your claim? Do you feel you can’t beat the government?

I will help you identify the necessary information to win your case, then compile the information that the Social Security Administration needs to make a disability determination from your healthcare providers. Often, through creatively assembling a winning case, I can achieve a successful conclusion without waiting for a hearing. This saves time and gets you benefits as soon as possible. 

Personal Injury

Your life has just taken a sudden and unexpected turn for the worse. You feel as though your life is controlled by your injury, and the insurance company you are dealing with is only increasing your frustration. You are feeling scared and uncertain about what to do next.

Call me.  You need an experienced attorney to help you understand your options, create and implement a plan to combat the insurance company to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

When investigating a personal injury case, I will work with you to gather and compile all relevant information. After coming to an understanding of your unique case, I then explain the strengths and weaknesses in plain English, not legalese. Once the information is assembled, I will negotiate with the insurance company to get you maximum recovery. If a case can’t be settled through negotiation, I will fight for you in court.

With nearly 30 years of experience, I am an expert at evaluating insurance policies. As your lawyer, I will ensure that no opportunity to maximize your coverage is overlooked. Even under the guidance of my expertise, you will remain in control of your case throughout the process – unlike other law firms, who allow their clients little control over their own case. 

Real Estate

Buying real estate

When you buy your dream home, you want to be sure you can live out your dreams there for years to come. Although your lender will get a title search, this doesn’t mean you are protected. They may not tell you if a problem arises that will affect you, but not them. I will conduct a title search to ensure you will be able to use the property in the manner desired before you buy. By identifying what rights other people have and explaining the transaction so you can understand, we will work together to make sure that your dreams come true. 

Selling your house

When selling your house you want the transaction to go smoothly and you want to understand the factors that affect you as a seller. Mostly, you don’t want to be held accountable for issues that may arise after you have sold your home. I will work with you to minimize your exposure to post sale problems by drafting purchase and sale agreements, deeds, and other documents to protect you from future liability.



Problem with your neighbor?   You want it resolved quickly and efficiently. We will discuss all of your options. I will explain complex legal concepts regarding land ownership and conduct historical investigation. With my expertise in evaluating title insurance policies, I can maximize the benefits of your coverage. I will help you make a claim on your title insurance policy. In the event that you have no coverage, I will draft pleadings, conduct discovery and try the case in court. As a former in-house counsel for title insurance company, I understand insurance like no one else and I have the experience to ensure that your insurance is utilized to its fullest. 

Debt Relief

Is your debt piling up?  Do you feel helpless and overwhelmed? Are you having trouble making ends meet? Are you struggling to function under the weight of financial stress? Do you feel as though your life is controlled by your debt?

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!  Give me a call and let's talk about your options.   Your personal debt management plan may not involve filing for bankruptcy. If possible, I will negotiate a debt settlement.  But if your situation requires, bankruptcy is a powerful tool to protect you and your family from your creditors and get you back on track financially.

Did you know that most folks who file a bankruptcy keep all of their stuff? In most cases, you can keep your car, your home and everything else you own while beginning the process to make your credit score what you deserve. I will help you evaluate options for dealing with debt, and provide you with the tools you need to help you get your life back.

If bankruptcy is the right option for you, I will help you understand complex bankruptcy concepts including the difference between Chapter 7 & Chapter 13. Chapter 7 can be completed in 6 months, is relatively inexpensive and you will keep all of your assets in most cases. In a Chapter 13, you can get caught up on your mortgage, lower your car payments and keep your assets. There are no limits on debt. While these concepts may be intimidating, I am here to answer any questions you may have and help remove any uncertainty about which option is right for you. I will guide you in effective use of the available tools so that you can regain control of your financial life. 

I am a debt relief agency. I help people file for bankruptcy relief under the bankruptcy code.


Douglas Thornton, Esq. as a practitioner of bankruptcy, business and family law.

Many lawyers decide the way they think a case should go, and will then pressure the client to adopt that approach. I’m not like that. In my practice, you are always in control. When you call my office to discuss your case, you will speak directly to me.  I never use legalese to impress you.  It is more important to me that you have the knowledge you need to make good decisions.  During your consultations, it is crucial to me that I clearly understand the unique facts of your situation and that you understand how the facts and the law interact.  I understand that you are a unique person with unique circumstances.  I advise you about the law and about the practical considerations of your unique case. By making sure you are well informed of all your options, you are positioned to make the best decision for yourself and your family.  Through excellent collaboration and communication, I provide you with the ability to make decisions about your case.

I have been practicing law since 1987. Nearly 30 years of practice, with 6 years of employment at a title insurance company, has provided me with experience in a variety of cases and personal situations. I know how to facilitate informed decision making for you as my client, no matter what the circumstances. As the sole proprietor of Douglas Thornton Law Offices, I am committed to providing you with the exceptional services that your case requires and that you deserve.







64 Gilsum Rd

Surry NH, 03431


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