When it is time to create your estate plan, one of the most important decisions you will make is your choice of estate planning attorney to work with you on your plan. At Morris Hall PLLC we know how important your estate plan is as well as how difficult it can be to choose an attorney to help you. We are dedicated to helping our friends and neighbors in the Las Cruces, New Mexico community with all of their estate planning needs both now and in the future.
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico is located less than an hour north of the Mexican border in Doña Ana County. Covering just over 75 square miles, Las Cruces is the county seat and was home to almost 100,000 people as of the. Only Albuquerque is larger in terms of population.
The area that would eventually become known as Las Cruces was originally inhabited by the Manso people. Beginning in 1598, when Juan de Oñate claimed the territory north of the Rio Grande for New Spain, the area began to be settled by the Spanish. Oñate would eventually become the first Spanish Governor of the territory of New Mexico. Over the two and a half centuries, the area surrounding Las Cruces would change hands between New Spain, Mexico, America, and even the Republic of Texas until the Mexican–American War in 1846–48. Ultimately, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848 established the United States as the rightful (or at least final) owner of the territory. Shortly thereafter the town of Las Cruces was founded in 1849 by the US Army.
At the end of the 19 century, Mesilla was the more populous settlement in the area with more than 2,000 residents in 1860; however, the landowners in Mesilla refused to sell rights-of-way when the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway reached the area, opening up an opportunity for the much smaller town of Las Cruces. The residents of Las Cruces donated the rights-of-way and land for a depot in Las Cruces and the first train chugged into Las Cruces in 1881. Las Cruces continues to grow steadily and was incorporated as a town in 1907.
The founding of New Mexico State University in 1888 led to the continued growth of Las Cruces as did the establishment of White Sands Missile Range in 1944 and White Sands Test Facility in 1963. Las Cruces has also become a popular destination for retirees with warn, sunny weather year around.
Morris Hall PLLC in the Las Cruces, New Mexico Community
Without a doubt, estate planning can be a very serious, and at times overwhelming, endeavor. At Morris Hall PLLC we are committed to doing everything we can to make the process as straight forward, and stress-free as possible. Our goal is to ensure that you have clear estate planning goals in mind and that we help you reach those goals.
Unlike creating a contract or negotiating the terms of a divorce, your estate plan is not something that every really reaches a conclusion. You will have a finished estate plan; however, that plan is something that grows with you and that changes with you as you move through the various stages of your life. Initially, a simple Last Will and Testament may be sufficient to prevent the state from dictating who will receive your estate assets in the event of your death. If you marry and/or become a parent, however, you will want to include incapacity planning in your estate plan and blend your retirement plans with your overall estate plan to ensure that they work in harmony with each other. Tax and probate avoidance may need to be incorporated into your estate plan as well as your estate grows. As you move toward your retirement years, Medicaid planning may be necessary to ensure that your assets are not lost to the high cost of long-term care. Finally, if you have strong beliefs with regard to end of life medical care and/or funeral and burial customs, you will want to incorporate those beliefs into your estate plan as well to ensure that your wishes are honored at the end of your life. At the Las Cruces, New Mexico law form of Morris Hall PLLC, we plan to be with you throughout the course of your lifetime to ensure that your estate plan reflects your needs and desires.
If you have additional questions or concerns about estate planning, or wish to get started on your plan today, contact an experienced estate planning attorney at Morris Hall PLLC by calling 888-222-1328 to schedule your appointment today.