Given how important the final product is, a considerable amount of thought and planning will undoubtedly go into the creation of your comprehensive estate plan. The same amount of thought should also go into choosing an estate planning attorney to assist you with the creation of your comprehensive estate plan. At the German Law Group we would be honored to be chosen to help you create an estate plan that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. Our estate planning team of experienced attorneys and staff are dedicated to helping our friends, neighbors, and associates in the West Fargo, North Dakota community with all of their estate planning needs, both now and in the future.
West Fargo, North Dakota
Founded in 1926, West Fargo is a city located along the eastern edge of North Dakota in Cass County. As of the 2016 Census estimates, West Fargo is the fifth largest city in the state of North Dakota with a population estimated at 34,858. It is also one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Moreover, West Fargo is part of the Fargo-Moorhead, ND-MN Metropolitan Statistical Area which has a combined population of almost a quarter of a million (250,000) full-time residents.
Residents of West Fargo enjoy the 30 parks, bike paths, and facilities that include Scheels Soccer Complex, Veterans Memorial Arena, Rustad Recreation Center, and Veterans Memorial Pool. If visiting, you don’t want to miss Big Iron, an annual event located at the West Fargo Fairgrounds, featuring farm equipment and over 900 exhibit booths. You will also enjoy Bonanzaville Pioneer Days, which include a parade, food, demonstrations, and tours as well as the Red River Valley Fair which includes entertainment, arts and crafts shows, livestock, fireworks, and a petting zoo. If you are in West Fargo during September, you don’t want to miss West Fest, a community event for all ages, including a softball tournament, a pancake feed, a parade, and firefighter’s ball. If you willing to brave the North Dakota winters, make sure you schedule your visit during West Fargo Winter Days which includes a Silver Snowflake Search, sleigh rides, and a chili cookoff.
West Fargo has qualified as a “Tree City” for over 30 years, meaning it has “maintained a tree board or department, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day”. In 2011, West Fargo was recognized as a Playful City USA by the KaBOOM! Foundation. “Playful City USA is a national recognition program sponsored by the Humana Foundation, honoring cities and towns that champion efforts to make play a priority through establishing policy initiatives, infrastructure investments and innovative programming”. In 2015, West Fargo was named one of North Dakota’s five safest cities according to The Safewise Report which uses FBI Crime Report data to rank the safest cities.
German Law Group in the West Fargo, North Dakota Community
At the German Law Group our experienced estate planning attorneys are proud to serve the legal needs of West Fargo, North Dakota and the surrounding area. We understand how important your estate plan is to you and to those you love. Knowing that, we have devoted our practice to helping people just like you to create an estate plan that achieves all of your estate planning goals. We would be honored to help you create and estate plan that helps manage and grow your assets, protect you and your loved ones, and provide for the people you care about after you are gone.
Unlike many other legal issues, estate planning is not something that is every really finished or “resolved.” In fact, when estate planning is done correctly, it is a lifelong process that creates a plan that changes and grows along with the plan’s creator. Once you have an estate plan in place, that plan should be reviewed and revised throughout your lifetime, both as a matter of routine and when events transpire that warrant changes to your plan. A Last Will and Testament may be the extent of your initial estate plan when your biggest concern is not leaving behind an intestate estate. When you have a spouse and/or minor children to protect and provide for, you may wish to incorporate additional estate planning components such as incapacity planning, a trust to protect your children’s inheritance, and probate avoidance strategies to ensure the assets you leave behind are immediately available to your loved ones. As the value of your estate grows, you may need to consider adding asset protection strategies into your plan. Your retirement plan will also need to be merged with your estate plan to ensure that the two plans work in harmony with one another and if you have yet to do so, it will be time to start thinking about long-term care planning. Finally, as you look toward your “Golden Years,” the need to include Medicaid planning and funeral planning to your comprehensive estate plan should be discussed. At the German Law Group, we are committed to being with you throughout your life journey to ensure that you, your assets, and your loved ones are protected.
If you have additional question or concerns regarding estate planning in the West Fargo, North Dakota area, contact the experienced estate planning attorneys at German Law Group by calling 701-738-0060 to schedule an appointment.