Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. – Guilford, Connecticut
A considerable amount of thought and planning will undoubtedly go into the creation of your comprehensive estate plan. Consequently, you should put the same amount of thought into choosing an estate planning attorney to help you create your plan. The estate planning attorneys at Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. have dedicated their practice to helping people just like you with their estate planning needs. We would be honored to sit down with you and help you get started on your Guilford, Connecticut estate plan.
Covering almost 50 square miles in New Haven County, Connecticut is the Town of Guilford. As of 2015, the town had a population of 22,413 residents. The Town of Guilford was named one of the top 100 places to live in the United States by Money magazine in 2005.
Guilford’s history begins all the way back in 1639 when a group of puritans led by the Rev. Henry Whitfield left England seeking religious freedom in the New World. When they arrived in America, the group purchased land halfway between New Haven and Saybrook from the Native American tribe that lived on the land. The group established the plantation of Menuncatuck on the land that would eventually become the town of Guilford, named after the town of Guildford, in England.
It took the new settlers over a century to turn the fledgling community into a thriving town along the Connecticut coast. By the middle of the 18th Century, however, Guilford had a thriving economy based on agriculture and the town’s seaside location. The 19th Century brought with it an expansion of the existing shipbuilding and maritime trades in Guilford along with the railroad. Those advances allowed industries such as foundries, canneries, shoe shops, and carriage makers to grow and flourish in the town. Granite from nearby quarries was sold throughout the world as well as being used in the base of the Statue of Liberty. The 20th Century saw Guilford become a sought-after vacation and summer home location for wealthy residents of New York and other large cities.
Today, Guilford is considered by some to have the third largest collection of historic homes in New England. Visitors to Guilford will find five historic house museums, including Dudley Farm and the Henry Whitfield House (1639), the oldest dwelling house in Connecticut and the oldest stone house built by English settlers in North America. In addition, the Comfort Starr House (1645–46) is one of the oldest wooden framed private dwellings in Connecticut.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. in the Guilford, Connecticut Community
Estate planning involves much more than just deciding what will happen to your assets when you are gone. A well thought out estate plan should also protect those assets and help them grow while you are alive as well ensure that they continue to provide for your loved ones when you are gone. At Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. we are dedicated creating lifelong relationships with our Guilford, Connecticut clients so that we can help you create a plan that accomplishes all your goals.
Creating an initial estate plan when you are young is important; however, the ultimate success of that plan often depends on reviewing and revising that plan in the years to come. That is one of the many reasons why we place such an emphasis on creating lifelong relationship with our clients. Initially, your estate plan may rely entirely on a Last Will and Testament to distribute your estate assets because your primary goal is to avoid leaving behind an intestate estate. As you build up your assets, and add to your family, that initial estate plan will also need to be updated to account for your expanding goals and needs. If you marry, you may need to change both beneficiary and fiduciary designations within your plan. Becoming a parent may prompt you to create a trust to protect the inheritance you plan to leave behind for your minor child. Incapacity planning and probate avoidance may also become important secondary goals within your estate plan. As you contemplate your retirement years, the need to incorporate Medicaid planning into your comprehensive estate plan will likely become clear as a way to offset the high cost of long-term care without putting your assets at risk. Finally, if you hold strong beliefs about end of life medical care you may wish to execute an advance directive to ensure that those beliefs will be considered, and your wishes honored when the time comes.
Our goal at Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. is to be with you throughout your life’s journey and help ensure that the people and things that are important to you are protected at all times.
If you have additional questions or concerns about estate planning, or wish to get started on your plan, contact the experienced Guilford, Connecticut estate planning lawyers at Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates, P.C. by calling (860) 548-1000 to schedule an appointment.