Creating your estate plan is a highly personal and individual process. Given the importance of the finished product, choosing the right estate planning attorney to assist you should be a priority. At the Vero Beach, Florida law firm of Kulas & Crawford we understand the important role your estate plan will play in protecting you, your assets, and your loved ones. With that in mind, we hope to have the opportunity to assist you in the creation of your comprehensive estate plan.
The History of Vero Beach, Florida
Vero Beach, Florida, saw its first inhabitants arrive around the middle of the 18th century. These first settlers were primarily involved in farming, more specifically, citrus farming. Citrus farming was, and still is, an integral part of Vero’s economic success. One development in particular, Henry Flagler’s East Coast Railroad, played an enormous role in accelerating the growth of Florida’s citrus market. Since this railroad ran through Indian River County, of which Vero Beach is the county seat, the citrus farmers in Vero had an excellent way to sell their goods to the states north of Florida. Vero Beach continued to grow into its own from 1893 when the railroad was built well into the roaring twenties when the proliferation of the automobile brought more people into Indian River County than ever before. The price of land soared as more and more people starting to flock to the “Sunshine State.” This, in turn, caused business in Vero Beach to boom. A series of hurricanes and the economic downturn of the Great Depression saw growth slow considerably in the thirties.
Vero Beach began growing again after the Great Depression with a series of investments made by both the U.S. Government and private businesses. A Naval air base was constructed in 1942, and although the airport was turned over to the city after the base closed, many of the servicemen returned to Vero Beach after the war to make it their home. Piper Aircraft, today the largest private employer in Vero Beach, moved to town in 1957. Piper Aircraft has an 11 acre manufacturing plant and employs over 1500 residents of Vero Beach.
Vero Beach in the 21st Century
Throughout the remainder of the 20th century Vero Beach continued to expand, yet managed to retain its “quite beach community” feel. There are over 26 miles of beaches in Indian River County with Vero’s three beaches forming part of Florida’s Treasure Coast. Vero has three main public beaches which include; South Beach, Humiston Park, in Vero’s Central Beach Business District on Ocean Drive and Jaycee Park which is adjacent to Conn Beach. The Indian River Lagoon passes through Vero Beach and forms a significant portion of the Intracoastal Waterway. This lagoon provides excellent boating, fishing, water skiing, diving, and kayaking activities. Vero Beach is a small town that embraces its rich history and works hard to preserve its nature and wildlife as it continues to grow today.
Kulas & Crawford in the Vero Beach Community
The attorneys and staff at Kulas & Crawford are proud to be part of the Vero Beach, Florida community. Our Vero Beach clients are much more than clients to us which is why we strive to develop lifelong relationships with each one. Likewise, we don’t just work in the Vero Beach community, we play an active part in the community. We also understand that sharing your personal, confidential information, goals, and wishes with a stranger is not easy. By striving to create lasting relationships with our clients we hope to make it easier for you to confide in us which, in turn, helps us to create an estate plan for you that reflects those goals and wishes.
Estate planning is not something that is accomplished in a single meeting. On the contrary, your estate plan should be reviewed and modified as you pass through the various stages of your life and events transpire that should warrant changes to your plan. We want to be there with you for all those important events to be sure your estate plan reflects the changes in your life. While certain strategies and tools, such as probate and tax avoidance, should be part of your estate plan from the beginning, others will be added along the journey of your life.
When you marry, for instance, it may be time to incorporate incapacity planning into your overall estate plan. You may also start to include strategies in your estate plan that will help your estate avoid probate as well as ensure that you can afford long-term care should you need it in the future. Finally, funeral planning may be interjected into your estate plan to provide you with peace of mind knowing your wishes will be honored and your loved ones won’t have to endure added stress while grieving your loss. At the Vero Beach law firm of Kulas & Crawford we would be honored to be with you at each step of your journey through life and help you create an estate plan that reflects your needs and wishes.
Contact a Vero Beach Estate Planning Attorney Today
If you have estate planning questions or concerns, or would like to get started creating your estate plan, contact the experienced Florida estate planning attorneys at Kulas & Crawford by calling 772-398-0720 to schedule an appointment.