Creating an estate plan is one of the most important and meaningful gifts you can give to yourself and to your loved ones. Choosing the right estate planning attorney to work with is the first step toward creating your plan. At Wilcox Attorneys, PA we are dedicated to helping our friends, neighbors, and associates in the Fayetteville, Arkansas community with all their estate planning needs and we would be honored to be chosen to help you create an estate plan that reflects your needs and wishes, both now and in the future.
History of Fayetteville
Located in the northwest corner of the State of Arkansas, the City of Fayetteville is nestled deep within the Ozark Mountains, covers about 55 square miles, and is home to almost 100,000 residents. Fayetteville is also the second-largest city in Arkansas and is home to the county seat for Washington County.
The area now known as Fayetteville was originally inhabited by Native American tribes, including the Osage and Cherokee. In the 1820s, when Arkansas was still a territory, settlers began staking claims in the town originally known as Washington. Washington County was officially established in 1828 and the Town of Washington was chosen as the county seat. To avoid confusion with another nearby town by the same name, the town’s name was changed from Washington to Fayetteville—a name that was chosen because many of the residents were originally from Fayetteville, Tennessee. Fayetteville was officially incorporated in 1836, the same year that Arkansas was granted statehood.
During the Civil War, Fayetteville was occupied by both sides at different times; however, Union troops were headquartered at the home of Judge Jonas Tebbetts. During the “Battle of Fayetteville” Confederate troops tried to take back the town. Known today as Headquarters House, Judge Tebbetts’ house still stands as a museum and the headquarters of the Washington County Historical Society.
The University of Arkansas men’s cross country and track and field programs have won a combined 41 national championships and the women’s teams have won five, leading the City of Fayetteville to be known as the “Track Capital of the World.” In addition, the city’s intentional development of cycling infrastructure combined with the hosting of several major cycling events, led to Fayetteville being the first city in America to be awarded the designation of “Bike City” by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body of cycling.
In 2021, Fayetteville was named as the sixth best place to live in the United States in the U.S. News “Best Places To Live Rankings” and one of the best places to retire in the South. Additional accolades include being ranked 40th-best city for business and careers by Forbes in 2021 and ranked among the top 30 places to visit in the South by Lonely Planet in 2016.
Wilcox Attorneys, PA in the Fayetteville, Arkansas Community
The attorneys and staff at Wilcox Attorneys, PA are proud to serve the residents of Fayetteville and the surrounding area. We have devoted our practice to helping people just like you to create an estate plan that reflects their unique estate planning goals and objectives. Our own goal is to ensure that our friends and neighbors in the Fayetteville, Arkansas community have an estate plan in place that helps manage and grow their assets, protect them and their loved ones, and provide for the people they care about after they are gone. We would be honored to help accomplish these goals for you within your estate plan.
Because estate planning is not something that is ever truly finished, creating ongoing relationships with our clients is important to us. Once you have an estate plan in place, that plan should be reviewed and revised throughout your lifetime as events transpire that should warrant changes to your plan. We hope to be there with you for all those important events to help ensure that your estate plan accounts for those changes. Marriage and/or parenthood, for example, may bring with it the need to include a trust in your estate plan along with incapacity planning strategies and probate avoidance tools. As the value of your estate grows, you may need to consider adding asset protection strategies to 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. Finally, as you look toward your “Golden Years,” the need to include Medicaid planning and funeral planning in your comprehensive estate plan should be discussed.
The attorneys and staff at Wilcox Attorneys, PA are dedicated to working with you throughout your life to help protect what matters most to you.
If you have additional questions, contact an experienced estate planning attorney at Wilcox Attorneys, PA by calling 479-443-0062 to schedule your appointment today.