A well thought out, and properly drafted, estate plan can protect you, your assets, and your loved ones throughout the course of your life and even after you are gone. Given the purpose and importance of your estate plan, care should be taken when choosing an estate planning attorney to assist you with the creation of your plan. At Morris Hall PLLC we understand how important your plan is to you which is why we are dedicated to helping our Mesa, Arizona friends and neighbors create a plan that achieves their current estate planning goals and that provides a solid foundation on which to build in the future.
Located right outside of Phoenix to the southeast, Mesa, Arizona is the central city of the East Valley section of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area. Covering over 130 square miles, Mesa was home to 439,041 people as of the 2010 Census.
The history of Mesa dates back at least 2,000 years to the arrival of the Hohokam people. The Hohokam, whose name means "All Used Up" or "The Departed Ones", built the original canal system. By A.D. 1100 water could be delivered to an area over 110,000 acres, transforming the Sonoran Desert into an agricultural oasis. By A.D. 1450, the Hohokam had constructed hundreds of miles of canals many of which are still in use today. Little is known about the area that eventually became Mesa after the disappearance of the Hohokam and before the arrival of the early settlers. It wasn’t until 1887 that Mormon pioneer Daniel Webster Jones led an expedition to found a Mormon settlement in Arizona. That spring, Jones and others arrived at Lehi, an area within the northern edge of present-day Mesa. Another group from Utah and Idaho, dubbed the First Mesa Company, arrived in the area at about the same time. Rather than accepting an invitation to settle at Jones' Lehi settlement, they moved to the top of the mesa that became the modern day City of Mesa’s namesake.
On July 17, 1878, Mesa City was registered as a 1-square-mile townsite. Just five years later, in 1883, Mesa City was incorporated. At the time, the city had a population of 300 residents. With the opening of Falcon Field and Williams Field in the early 1940s, more military personnel began to move into the Mesa area. With the advent of air conditioning and the rise of tourism, population growth exploded in Mesa as well as the rest of the Phoenix area. Industry—especially early aerospace companies—grew in the 1950s and 1960s.
With year around sunshine and warm temperatures, both residents and visitors alike will find plenty to do in Mesa on any given day. The arts are well represented in Mesa, starting with the Mesa Arts Center which is the largest arts and entertainment park in the Southwest, with four theaters, galleries, exhibition rooms, and classrooms that encourage creativity. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the Tonto National Forest or enjoy any of the multitude of outdoor activities offered in Mesa. With the City of Phoenix just 20 minutes away, shopping, dining, and entertainment options are seemingly endless.
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The estate plan you create today should protect and provide for you and your loved ones for many years to come. Consequently, choosing the right lawyer to help you create that plan should be a priority. At Morris Hall PLLC we understand how important your Mesa, Arizona estate plan is to you and we are dedicated to helping you develop a plan that accomplishes all of your current and future estate planning goals.
We work very hard to develop and nurture lasting relationships with our estate planning clients because estate planning is not something that is completed in one sitting and then forgotten – at least not when it is done properly. Instead, your estate plan is something that will need to be reviewed and updated throughout the course of your life as your needs and objectives change. When you first sit down to create an estate plan your primary concern may be simply ensuring that you do not leave behind an intestate estate. Consequently, a Last Will and Testament may be all you need. As you move through the various stages of your life, however, that Will may become inadequate to protect your assets and your loved ones. As such, you may find that you need to include additional components into your estate plan, such as an incapacity planning component or probate avoidance strategies. A trust may be needed to protect your minor child’s inheritance. As the value of your estate grows, you will need to consider tax avoidance and asset protection tools as well. Finally, as you look toward your “Golden Years,” you will want to incorporate your retirement plans into your estate plan and add Medicaid planning to your comprehensive estate plan along with funeral and burial planning tools to ensure that your final wishes are honored. At the Mesa, Arizona law firm 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 Mesa, Arizona plan today, contact an experienced estate planning attorney at Morris Hall PLLC by calling 888-222-1328 to schedule your appointment today.