boardwalk trail through a marsh at plum islandIf you are a resident of Newbury, you need to find a local Estate Planning Lawyer who is knowledgeable, experienced and has roots within the community. Whether your existing estate plan needs an update or this is the first time you are drafting a will, Newbury Estate Attorney Kristen Bonavita can work with you to address your individual needs. With an understanding of the interrelationship between the law and taxes, Attorney Bonavita can draft these important documents with your individual goals in mind. As a local attorney, she is easily accessible if there ever becomes a need to modify or supplement your estate plan as your situation or intentions may change.

Newbury includes the villages of Old Town (Newbury Center), Plum Island and Byfield, home of The Governor’s Academy (formerly Governor Dummer Academy), a private preparatory school. One of Newbury’s main points of interest is the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 26.5 square miles and a population near 7,000. Newbury lies just south of the mouth of the Merrimack River, and is drained by the Little River and Parker River, which, along with the Plum Island River, drains into the Plum Island Sound, separating Plum Island from the mainland. Much of the town land is made of marshes, and quite a bit is protected land, included in the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Old Town Hill Reservation Area, Kents Island Wildlife Management Area, Downfall Wildlife Management Area and parts of the Mill River Wildlife Management Area and Crane Pond Wildlife Management Area.

Newbury is located along the Atlantic Ocean, and is bordered by Newburyport to the north, West Newbury to the northwest, a small portion of Groveland to the west, Georgetown to the southwest, and Rowley to the south. The center of Newbury lies 19 miles east of Lawrence, 19 miles north of Salem, 32 miles north-northeast of Boston and 24 miles south of Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Interstate 95 passes through the western part of town, with two exits providing access to the town. U.S. Route 1, locally known as the Newburyport Turnpike, passes from north to south through the middle of the town, and Massachusetts Route 1A’s northernmost portion passes through the east of town, just inland from the marshes. The town is home to the Plum Island Airport, a private general aviation airport; the nearest national service is at Logan International Airport. The Newburyport/Rockport Line of the MBTA Commuter Rail passes through town, with its northern terminus just over the Newburyport line.

The city next to Newbury, Newburyport, has its own District Court located at 188 State Street and Superior Court located on the main road – High Street. If, however, you need to appear for purposes of probate, the Essex Probate Court has two locations in Salem and Lawrence.

If you are seeking an estate planning consultation for purposes of drafting a will, revocable trust, power of attorney, health care proxy, etc. or need assistance in probating a will, please contact Newbury Estate Attorney Kristen Bonavita at 978-376-6747.

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