A well drafted and implemented estate plan can accomplish a wide range of inter-connected goals that go way beyond simply planning for the distribution of your estate assets after you are gone. Knowing that, selecting an estate planning attorney to help you wish that plan should be done with care. At DeBruyckere Law Offices we are committed to helping you create a Bedford, New Hampshire estate plan that accomplishes all of those goals, including the protection of not just your material wealth, but of those you love as well.
The Town of Bedford New Hampshire is located in the southern portion of the state, approximately 50 miles from Boston, Massachusetts and next to New Hampshire’s most populous city of Manchester. Covering just over 33 square miles, the population was 21,203 at the 2010 Census and was estimated to be 22,458 in 2017.
The history of the Town of Bedford goes back to 1733 when Massachusetts established Bedford as “Narragansett, No. 5” for the benefit of soldiers who fought against the Narragansett Indians in Rhode Island. Visitors to Bedford will see a monument dated 1737 standing on what is now known as Station Road and which marks the town’s first settlors, Robert and James Walker III.
Also known as “Souhegan East,” the town did not get its current name of Bedford until it was incorporated in 1750. Bedford was named for Lord Russell, the Fourth Duke of Bedford, who was also the Secretary of State for the Southern Department from 1748-1751 as well as a close friend of Governor Benning Wentworth.
Toward the latter half of the 20th century, the Town of Bedford’s population grew significantly, increasing from just 2,176 in 1950 to 18,274 at the turn of the 21st century. It was over eight times the population in 1950 of 2,176. Residents of Bedford enjoy the safety and security of small-town New England living while simultaneously having access to the diverse dining, entertainment, and shopping opportunities only available in a larger city such as Manchester or Boston.
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Given the importance of the finished product, care should be taken throughout every step of the estate planning process, starting with your choice of an estate planning attorney to work with you on your plan. Knowing how difficult it can be to discuss highly personal financial and family matters with a virtual stranger is one of the many reasons why we strive to create lifelong relationships with our Bedford, New Hampshire estate planning clients.
The estate plan you create today will not be the estate plan you need in ten or 20 years because you won’t be the same person then that you are today. The changes that occur in your life will prompt corresponding changes to your estate plan to ensure that your estate plan remains current. The need to review and revise your estate plan is one reason that we urge you to develop an ongoing relationship with your estate planning attorney. When you are young, single, and just embarking on your career path you do not need much more than a simple Last Will and Testament to prevent leaving behind an intestate estate. As both your family and your estate grow, however, your estate plan will need to be updated. Marriage, for example, may prompt you to want to add your new spouse as a beneficiary and/or a fiduciary within your estate plan. The birth of a child will trigger the need to protect your minor child’s inheritance through the addition of a living or testamentary trust to your overall estate plan. Having a family should prompt you to worry about the possibility of your own incapacity and the need to include incapacity planning in your overall estate plan as well. As your estate assets increase in value, asset protection and retirement planning may need to be included in your estate plan. You should also consider the likelihood that you will need to pay for nursing home care at some point in the future which often triggers the need to include Medicaid planning in your estate plan. Finally, if you have strong feelings or beliefs about either end of life medical treatment or the disposition of your body after you are gone, there are estate planning tools and strategies that can be used to ensure your wishes on either, or both, subject are honored.
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 Bedford, New Hampshire estate planning attorneys at DeBruyckere Law Offices by calling (603) 894-4141 to schedule your consultation.