Estate planning is a highly personal and unique process that should only be done with the assistance of an experienced estate planning attorney. If you are a resident of the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, we hope you will allow our attorneys at the Debruyckere Law Offices to help you with your estate planning needs.
The Londonderry Community
Located in western Rockingham County, the town of Londonderry is nestled just south of Manchester, and just west of Derry with the Atlantic Ocean 30 miles away to the east. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the picturesque apple orchards for which the area is well known. With a population of just over 25,000, Londonderry can be described as a tight knit community that offers the advantages of small town living without losing the benefits of larger towns given its proximity to Manchester. Like many New England towns, the town of Londonderry was settled almost three centuries ago, in 1718, by the Scots-Irish. Most of the town’s original settlers were from Londonderry, Ireland, hence the town’s name. Nearly 300 years later, the town remains a close-knit, yet thriving, community.
DeBruyckere Law Offices Serving the Community
At DeBruyckere Law Offices we have a long history of serving the Londonderry community. Our founding partner, Daniel DeBruyckere, graduated from Southern New Hampshire University and went on to the Massachusetts School of Law for his legal studies. Since his graduation, he has been practicing law in New Hampshire and Massachusetts for almost three decades. Attorneys David. E. Haughton and Angela Delmonte also completed their legal education in New England and have spent their legal careers practicing law in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. All of us at DeBruyckere Law Offices have a strong commitment to the community in which we live and work as well as to the people in the community who we consider not just clients, but neighbors as well.
Helping Our Londonderry Neighbors with Their Estate Planning Needs
Estate planning is a highly personal process that is never the same for any two people. Moreover, creating your estate plan should be an ongoing process, not a one-time consultation. Creating an initial estate plan is only the beginning of a lifelong quest to protect you, your assets, and your loved ones. As you pass major mileposts in your life, and when important events occur in your life, your estate plan should be revisited and revised. Our goal is to be with you at every step to ensure that your estate plan always reflects your needs and objectives as well as honors your wishes and desires.
We understand how difficult it can be to discuss your financial and personal affairs with a stranger. Our hope, at DeBruyckere Law Offices, is that we won’t be strangers after your first consultation with us. We are not just attorneys, we are part of the community we share. The more comfortable you become in sharing your most intimate wishes and desires with us the better we will become at providing you with guidance and advice with regard to your estate plan.
Comprehensive Estate Planning Should Be Your Goal
Your estate plan should be comprehensive in nature, meaning it should also include components that reflect goals and objectives from separate, but inter-related, areas of your life. For example, while the primary goal of your incapacity plan may be to ensure that you estate assets wind up in the hands of loved ones after your death, you also need to ensure that those assets are protected while you are alive so they are available to be passed down after your death. To do this, you may need to include asset protection, incapacity planning, and/or retirement planning in your comprehensive estate plan.
Asset protection planning seeks to protect your assets now from creditors, bankruptcy, divorce, and other threats to your estate. It can also look to the future and include provisions that will continue to preserve and protect your assets after you are gone from spendthrift beneficiaries.
Incapacity planning is a crucial component to any well thought out estate plan. Who will control your assets if you become incapacitated as a result of a serious accident or illness? Who will make decisions for you? By creating an incapacity plan you are able to answer these questions yourself instead of a court answering them for you.
Finally, retirement planning should go hand in hand with estate planning. After all, unless you plan for your retirement you won’t have any assets left to be included in your estate plan. Issues such as long-term care costs and Medicaid planning should be considered and inter-woven into your comprehensive estate plan.
Honoring Your Wishes – Advanced Directives and Funeral Planning in New Hampshire
Yet another highly personal aspect of a comprehensive estate plan is funeral planning and deciding whether or not to execute an Advanced Directive. Most people have very specific thoughts about both end of life medical treatment and the manner in which their body is handled after death. Understandably, however, broaching these subjects with someone other than a spouse or close family member can be uncomfortable. This is precisely why you need a New Hampshire estate planning attorney who is not just competent but also compassionate and caring.
At DeBruyckere Law Offices our goal is to help you create an estate plan that reflects and honors your wishes. By including a funeral planning component you ensure that your funeral and burial will be carried out according to your wishes. Likewise, the State of New Hampshire recognizes Advanced Directives that allow you to determine ahead of time what type of medical treatment you will, and will not accept at the end of your life. You also have the ability to appoint someone as your Agent to make healthcare decisions for you if you cannot make them yourself.
Contact the Londonderry, New Hampshire DeBruyckere Law Offices
If you live in the Londonderry, New Hampshire area, we would be honored to help you devise a comprehensive estate plan that protects you, your assets, and your loved ones. Contact the experienced New Hampshire estate planning attorneys at Debruyckere Law Offices by calling (603) 894-4141.