Taking into account the highly personal and sensitive nature of estate planning, the prospect of selecting an attorney to assist you with the creation of your plan may be a bit daunting. At DeBruyckere Law Offices we understand how important your estate plan is to you as well as how difficult it can be to try and choose the right attorney to help you with your plan. Our goal is to create a lifelong relationship with our Exeter, New Hampshire area clients so that they feel comfortable and confident about the estate plan we create together and about any revisions made to that plan in the future.
Exeter, New Hampshire
The town of Exeter, New Hampshire can be found in the southeastern corner of the state in Rockingham County. Exeter served as the county seat until 1997 and had an estimated population of 15,317 in 2018.
The area where the town of Exeter was established was originally inhabited by Native Americans known as the “Squamscott” people. The land on which the town would grow was purchased by the Reverend John Wheelwright in 1638 and named after the town of Exeter in Devon, England. The town was originally part of Massachusetts until New Hampshire became a separate colony in 1679.
In 1775, the Provincial Congress met in Exeter and even had the provincial records seized from royal officials and brought to Exeter, resulting in Exeter becoming New Hampshire’s state capital for 14 years. Throughout the 19th century, industries as varied as the manufacture of shoes, saddles, lumber, bricks and bicycles thrived in the growing town of Exeter. Former governor Hugh Gregg claims that during a secret meeting held at the Squamscott Hotel, the United States Republican Party was born in Exeter on October 12, 1853.
A century later, in 1965, the town of Exeter earned notoriety of another kind when two Exeter police officers witnessed a “bright red UFO” at close range. The incident gained national attention, even providing the basis for a bestselling book, Incident at Exeter, by journalist John G. Fuller. Because the Air Force eventually admitted that they could not identify the object, the sighting remains a mystery.
Visitors and residents alike enjoy the tree lined Swasay Parkway which follows the Squamscott River. History buffs will want to visit the American Independence Museum as well as the numerous historical buildings and sites found throughout the town and the surrounding area.
DeBruyckere Law Offices in the Exeter Community
The attorneys and staff at DeBruyckere Law Offices are proud to service the Exeter, New Hampshire community. 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 able to serve the community and equally honored to be able to serve the residents who live there.
A successful estate plan requires a solid foundation; however, that foundation must then be built upon and fortified to keep it strong. The plan you create when you are young, single, and just building your estate will not be sufficient to meet your needs later in life when you have a family and a larger estate to consider. Taking the time to review and update your plan is important to ensure that your estate plan reflects the life you have now, not the life you had when you created your initial plan. That initial plan may focus almost entirely on the distribution of your estate assets in the event of your death given that you don’t have additional worries or needs at the time. It won’t be long though before your needs exceed such a simple plan. If you get married, for example, you will undoubtedly want to include your new spouse as a beneficiary in your Last Will and Testament, trust agreement, and/or life insurance policy. When you first become a parent, you will realize the need for incapacity planning within your estate plan to ensure that your child is well cared for in the event of your incapacity. As you build up your estate assets over the years you may also need to consider adding tax avoidance and asset protection strategies and tools into your overall plan. As retirement beckons, you will want to incorporate your retirement plans into your estate plan as well as consider the need for Medicaid planning. Finally, funeral and burial planning as well as advance directives should be added to your estate plan to guarantee that your wishes will be honored at the end of your life.
At DeBruyckere Law Offices, our goal is to be with you every step of the way of your lifetime journey and to provide you with competent and compassionate legal advice and guidance regarding the things that matter most to you – you, your assets, and your loved ones.
If you have estate planning questions, or you wish to get started with your estate plan, please feel free to contact the experienced Exeter, New Hampshire area estate planning attorneys at DeBruyckere Law Offices by calling (603) 894-4141 to schedule a consultation.