Creating an estate plan is one of the most important things you will do during the course of your lifetime. A well thought out plan does much more than just design a roadmap for the distribution of your estate assets when you are gone. It should also help protect and grow those assets while you are here and ensure that they provide for loved ones when you are gone. The estate planning attorneys at DeBruyckere Law Offices in the Concord, Massachusetts area understand how important your estate plan is to you and we would be honored to work with you during the creation of your plan.
The History of Concord, Massachusetts
The Town of Concord, Massachusetts covers almost 26 square miles in Middlesex County. As of the 2010 Census, population was 17,668; however, Concord is also considered part of the much more populous Greater Boston area.
The area now known as Concord was first settled by British colonists in 1635 as a result of a land grant from the General Court. The town is known because it was the location of the first conflict in the American Revolutionary War – a battle apply named “The Battle of Lexington and Concord” — which took place on April 19, 1775. Initially, the battle was publicized as an example of British brutality and aggression; however, a century later, the conflict was remembered proudly by Americans, taking on a patriotic, almost mythic status (“the shot heard ’round the world”) in works like the “Concord Hymn” and “Paul Revere’s Ride.”
Concord is also known as the home of Ralph Waldo Emerson, one of the most famous writers of the 19th century. Emerson’s inner circle also included several other well-known authors, such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Louisa May Alcott, and Henry David Thoreau. Alcott’s novel Little Women, Emerson’s essay Self-Reliance, and Thoreau’s Walden and Civil Disobedience were all written in Concord. During the same time period, everyone’s favorite grape, the “Concord” grape was developed in Concord by Ephraim Wales Bull.
Today, Concord is considered to be an affluent suburb of Boston as well as a popular tourist destination. Visitors flock from across the nation and around the world to visit the historical sites and to enjoy the still thriving literary community. Concord is also known for its environmentalist politics, becoming the first community in the United States to ban single-serving PET bottles in 2012.
DeBruyckere Law Offices in the Concord, Massachusetts Community
The attorneys and staff at DeBruyckere Law Offices are proud to be part of the Concord, Massachusetts area. We are also honored to be able to help our friends and neighbors in the community with their estate planning needs. Because estate planning is an ongoing process, we believe we serve our clients best by developing lifelong relationship with them that allow us to be there when life events prompt estate planning changes. We are honored to be part of the community and equally honored to be able to serve the residents who live there.
A comprehensive estate plan encompasses a number of inter-related goals and objectives that go beyond the distribution of estate assets at the time of your death. Because of the comprehensive nature of estate planning, it is important that you work with an experienced estate planning attorney who can help ensure that each of your goals is met within your plan. Moreover, an estate plan is not something you create and then forget. On the contrary, for your estate plan to work as intended, it must be reviewed and revised on a regular basis as well as when life events call for it.
Your initial estate plan, for instance, will likely focus on the distribution of your limited estate assets. Marriage and parenthood will cause you to add additional objectives to your plan, such as Incapacity planning and probate avoidance. As you mature and your estate grows, you will probably want to add things such as retirement planning and tax avoidance to your estate plan as well. Long-term care and Medicaid planning may also be beneficial to the success of your overall estate plan. With age, you may start to worry about end of life issues which may also prompt you to execute an advance directive and to incorporate funeral planning into your overall estate plan.
At DeBruyckere Law Offices our goal is to be with you every step of the way along your life’s journey. By developing a life-long relationship with you we are able to do much more to protect you, your assets and your loved ones.
If you have estate planning questions or concerns, or would like to get started creating your estate plan, contact the experienced Massachusetts estate planning attorneys at DeBruyckere Law Offices by calling (978) 969-0331 to schedule your consultation.