Given the purpose of your estate plan, it will likely be the most important set of legal documents you create in your lifetime. Choosing an attorney to help you with your estate plan, therefore, should be a task you approach with great care and contemplation. Because your estate plan will grow and evolve over the course of your lifetime, the relationship you have with your estate planning attorney should do the same.
At the Conroe, Texas Mendel Law Firm, L.P. 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 Conroe, Texas
The city of Conroe, Texas is named after Union Cavalry officer and Houston lumberman Isaac Conroe. Conroe first founded a sawmill on Stewart’s Creek in 1881. By 1896 the community’s first weekly newspaper, The Courier, was up and running. Following closely behind, the Conroe Independent School District was established in 1892, combining twelve nearby school districts. The city originally gained in wealth because of the lumber and oil industries. The prosperity of the local agriculture and timber industries in the early twentieth century enabled Conroe to continue its rapid early growth despite the severe fires of 1901 and 1911 that destroyed much of the business district.
The area saw an influx of residents in the late 19th century due to the lumber demands on the dense pine wood forest of the area. During the 1930s, because of its brief oil profits, the city boasted more millionaires per capita than any other U.S. city. One of Conroe’s claims to fame is that Elvis Presley performed at the high school football field on August 24, 1955. After the construction of Interstate 45, which directly connects Conroe with Houston 40 miles to its south and with Dallas 200 miles to its northwest, Houstonians began to settle communities around Conroe. In the early 1980s, Exxon considered moving its employees to a site in Conroe; however, the company ended the plans after the local oil-based economy collapsed.
The City of Conroe is located about 40 miles north of Houston in Montgomery County and falls within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. Conroe in the 21st century is growing fast. Within the first decade of the century the city attracted many new residents from the Houston area, causing the population of Conroe to grow from 36,811 at the turn of the century to 61,533 at the last census count.
The climate in Conroe is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mildly cool winters. The number of natural disasters in Montgomery County is a lot greater than the US average as a result of the floods that characterize the area. Conroe is 7 miles southeast of popular Lake Conroe, which hosts multiple, year round water and cultural events. The city also has a number of parks, most notably Candy Cane Park with The Heritage Museum of Montgomery County located inside the Park. The city’s main college is served primarily by the Lone Star College-Montgomery. Lone Star Executive Airport provides general aviation to and from Conroe. Different things to do while in Conroe include, choosing between catching a play at Crighton Theatre or The Owen Theatre, getting a cold one at B-52 Brewery, taking the little ones to Seven Acre Woods where they have play grounds, mini golf, zip lines and hosts petting zoos and annual pumpkin patches or playing golf at one of the many gold courses in Conroe, The Village Golf club.
The Mendel Law Firm in the Conroe Community
As a lifelong resident of the “Lone Star State,” founding partner Stephen A. Mendel completed his undergraduate degree in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin and finished his legal studies at South Texas College of Law 1987. Attorney Mendel made the decision many years ago to focus his legal talents on helping his Conroe friends and neighbors with legal issues relating to wills, trusts, and estates, incapacity planning, retirement planning, and other closely related matters.
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. Your initial estate plan may focus primarily on protecting you and your young family from the financial devastation your unexpected incapacity or death could cause.
As you travel along through life, your estate plan may start to expand to include components that will help grow and protect your estate, such as retirement planning, 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 Mendel Law Firm, L.P. 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 Us for Estate Planning Assistance
If you would like to get started on your estate plan, contact the experienced Conroe, Texas estate planning attorneys at The Mendel Law Firm, L.P. by calling (281) 759-3213 to schedule your appointment today.