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 Rock Island, Illinois law firm of Nash, Nash, Bean & Ford, LLP 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.
History of Rock Island, Illinois
Rock Island was settled by the Sauk Indians, and they were the largest population in the area in the early 1800’s. Their largest village, Saukenuk, was built along the Rock River on the south side of present day Rock Island. The U.S. fought the Sauk Indians for two years between 1831 and 1832, at which time chief Black Hawk led the Indian tribe. The Black Hawk State Historical Site is a national landmark that today marks the location of Saukenuk, where this war was fought. A big part of Rock Island’s success is due to the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific railroad, which was founded in the city in 1851. In the late 1800’s the Harper House and Rock Island House, both upscale hotels, were built in Rock Island and did much to help the city grow.
Another big factor that contributed to the cities success was the Rock Island Armory, which opened in 1880. The armory continues to produce military equipment and ordinance for the United States Army to this day. Rock Island has a symbiotic relationship with bridge building, due mainly to its geography and location. In fact, the very first railroad bridge that crossed the Mississippi river was built in Rock Island. Another historical landmark was built in Rock Island during the Great Depression. The Lock and Dam Number 15, which was built to ease navigation during the flood season, is the largest roller dam in the world.
Rock Island Today
As of 2016, Rock Island is home to just shy of 40,000 people. The largest employer in the city is far and away Rock Island Armory, which accounts for 8,500 workers. Other big employers include; Unity Point Health, Rock Island-Milan School District, and Augustana College. The median family income in the city is $45,000, which is slightly lower than the U.S. national average. There are two public high schools, one private catholic high school, and one college all located within the city.
Places of interest in Rock Island include the Quad City Botanical Garden, Broadway Historic District, Quad City Ballet, and the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Another interesting sight to see is the 280mm “Atomic Betty” cannon. This impressive cannon is on display outdoors amongst other artillery pieces manufactured by Rock Island Armory. Rock Island is a culturally diverse city, and displays part of its diversity in the Quad City Hindu Temple. Before the temple was built, Hindu worshipers had to travel to other cities to participate in worship. Rock Island has played an important role in American history and is a fantastic place to write your own history.
Nash, Nash, Bean & Ford, LLP in the Rock Island Community
Residents of the Quad Cities take pride in their community, as they should. Living in a community where you actually know your neighbors and can still shop at one of a kind family owned businesses definitely has its value. At Nash, Nash, Bean & Ford, LLP we understand and respect those values. The residents of Rock Island are much more than clients to us. They are our friends, neighbors, and families. Moreover, the attorneys and staff at Nash, Nash, Bean & Ford do not just work in the community, we are invested in the growth and prosperity of the Rock Island community as well. Moreover, we have chosen to dedicate our practice to the issues we feel matter most to our friends and neighbors – protecting yourself, your assets, and your loved ones, both now and in the future. A well thought out estate plan should do all of that, and more.
Helping our clients create a comprehensive estate plan allows us to develop lifelong relationships with those clients because estate planning should be an ongoing process that evolves over time. As you grow and mature, so does your estate and, consequently, so do your estate planning needs. Initially, your estate plan may focus primarily on protecting you and your young family from the financial devastation that may follow your unexpected incapacity or death. Later on, your plan may need to consider components that will help grow and protect your estate, such as asset protection, business succession planning, and tax avoidance.
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 Rock Island, Illinois firm of Nash, Nash, Bean & Ford, LLP we would be honored to be with you at each step of your journey through life and help you create an estate plan that protects you, your family, and your assets.
Contact An Estate Planning Attorney Serving Rock Island Now
If you have estate planning questions or concerns, or would like to get started creating your estate plan, contact the experienced Rock Island, Illinois estate planning attorneys at Nash, Nash, Bean & Ford, LLP by calling 309-944-2188 to schedule an appointment.