A well thought out estate plan can — and should – do much more than simply decide what happens to your assets when you are gone. Your estate plan should help those assets grow as well as protect you and your loved ones during the course of your lifetime. A comprehensive estate plan should also arrange for your estate assets to provide for your loved ones when you are gone instead of simply distributing those assets to beneficiaries. At the Harrison, New York Law Offices of Kobrick & Moccia, we understand the vital role your estate plan should play in your life. We also know that the best way to create an estate plan that will truly reflect your unique needs and goals is to creating lifelong relationships with our clients. With that in mind, our goal is to form a lasting relationship with our friends and neighbors in Harrison, New York that will allow us to meet all of your estate planning needs, both now and in the future.
The History of Harrison, New York
The history of Harrison, New York goes all the way back to 1696 when a patent was granted by the British government to John Harrison and three others, thereby establishing what was to become the town of Harrison. The land in question was located above Westchester Path and below Rye Lake. Local folklore holds that the size of the land Harrison was allotted was determined by how far he could ride his horse in a 24-hour period. Whether that is really true or not, the land Harrison was granted already had a tumultuous history by 1696. The land, it seems, had already been sold in 1661, 1662, and 1666 to Peter Disbrow, John Budd, and other investors or early residents of Rye. Unfortunately, the previous owners apparently lost their ownership documents so the land was re-sold to Harrison and his co-investors. The entire scandal angered the residents of Rye to the point where they seceded to the Colony of Connecticut until 1700 at which time the King of England ordered Rye to rejoin the Colony of New York.
Early settlors – mostly Quakers – began to arrive in Harrison in the early 1700s. Harrison was finally incorporated on March 7, 1788, by an act of the New York State legislature. Harrison remained a relatively quiet town, somehow avoiding industrialization for the most part, throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
Harrison, New York Today-
Harrison, New York is located approximately 22 miles northwest of Manhattan, New York. The town covers about 17b square miles and has a year around population of just over 27,000 residents. Although Harrison is relatively small, it has eight distinct neighborhoods: Harrison, Purchase, West Harrison, Downtown, Brentwood, Sunnyridge, Sterling Ridge/The Trails, and South Downtown.
Among the companies along the “Platinum Mile” based in Harrison are Transamerica Retirement Solutions, MasterCard, and PepsiCo. Given its lengthy history, it is no surprise that Harrison also has a number of places listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including The Hadden-Margolis House, Stony Hill Cemetery, and United States Post Office.
For those who live and/or work in Harrison, the town is known as a refuge from the hectic hustle and bustle of nearby Manhattan. At the same time, residents enjoy the luxury of being within a short car or train ride from all the big city attractions, shopping, and diving offered by Manhattan and the “Big Apple.”
The Law Offices of Kobrick & Moccia in the Westchester, New York Community
Estate planning is an extremely personal endeavor that requires considerable thought and contemplation. At The Law Offices of Kobrick & Moccia we have devoted out practice to helping people just like you to create an estate plan that reflects their unique estate planning goals and objectives. We would be honored to have the opportunity to help you create your estate plan as well.
It is our firmly held belief that a comprehensive estate plan is not something you create and then forget about once it is in place. On the contrary, estate planning is something that occurs over the span of your lifetime. As you move through the different stages of your life, your estate plan will move with you, changing as necessary to accommodate your changing needs and wishes. When you create your initial estate plan, for example, you may not need anything more than a simple Last Will and Testament to ensure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes. When you marry and/or become a parent, your estate planning needs will change and your plan should change with them. At that point in your life you may become concerned with incapacity planning and other issues faced by parents with minor children. As you get closer to middle age, you may start thinking about retirement planning and/or become concerned with the possibility that you will one day need to pay for long-term care. That may prompt you to include Medicaid planning into your overall estate plan. Finally, to ensure that your wishes are honored and to ease the burden on your loved ones you may decide to incorporate funeral planning into your estate plan as well. During each of these stages of your life you will need to review and revise your estate plan to ensure that it reflects your current needs and wishes. Our goal is to be there with you throughout your journey. Wherever your life takes you, we want to be there with you to help ensure that you, your assets, and your loved ones are protected.
If you would like to discuss your estate plan, contact the Westchester, New York estate planning attorneys at The Law Offices of Kobrick & Moccia by calling 800-295-1917 to schedule your appointment.