Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle provides representation to people of all ages in Bay County, Michigan. We help business owners make plans for the growth and succession of their business, and help individuals of all ages to create estate plans that protect their loved ones and protect their wealth. We also assist with planning for end-of-life issues, coping with the death or incapacity of a loved one, and making plans for your legacy.
Clients throughout Michigan’s Lake Huron shoreline communities put their trust in Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle because of the caring and compassionate legal representation that we can provide. We are committed to helping you make effective use of legal tools to create the plans you need to protect yourself and your loved ones in the future. Give us a call today to find out more about how our attorneys can help Bay County, Michigan residents with all of their estate planning, legacy planning and asset protection needs.
Life in Bay County, Michigan
Bay County is a county within the state of Michigan that is part of the mid-Michigan region, also known as the Great Lakes Bay Region. The county had a population of more than 107,000 people as of the most recent census. The County dates back to 1857 when it was first formed out of parts of Arenac, Saginaw and Midland Counties. Bay County gets its name from its location, as the 631-square mile county surrounds Saginaw Bay on Lake Huron.
Although it has a large population, Bay County is the fifth-smallest in the state of Michigan in terms of the amount of land that comprises the county. Approximately 30 percent of the entire county, or 188 square miles, is water. Within the land in the county are several cities including Bay City – which is the county seat – as well as Auburn, Essexville and Pinconning. Midland is also partially within Bay County.
Bay City is home to the Center Avenue Historic District, a 1.5 mile stretch of architectural marvels with over 875 beautiful homes, businesses and churches. This area was built up in the second half of the 19th century as the lumber, milling and shipbuilding industries flourished.
Residents of Bay County travel to Bay City for most of their shopping, dining, medical care, and use of business and governmental services. If you have an appointment, you will want to leave extra time for travel during shipping season, since the four drawbridges can create a travel delay getting around town. Check the current bridge schedule between April 1 and December 31st to plan adequate travel time to your destination.
Seniors in Bay County
Bay County is home to people of all ages, with 28.5 percent of the households in the county comprised of families with children under the age of 18 living in the home. Within the County, 16.2 percent of the population was aged 65 and older, as of the most recent census. As seniors grow older, they often require more support and they may have more difficulty staying connected with their community.
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can provide assistance to seniors who require services like adult daycare or home healthcare. We can help you to understand if you are eligible for any programs, like Medicaid Waiver or programs through the Veterans’ Administration, which could help you to pay for the costs of care or get additional help like medical foster care services. You can also take advantage of programs and services within Bay County.
The Department of Aging for Bay County, Michigan helps to connect seniors to services and assistance within the local area. The Department of Aging for Bay County can be found within the Bay County Building at 515 Center Avenue, Suite 202, Bay City. The telephone number to reach the Department of Aging is 989-895-4100. The Department of Aging can provide information on nutrition services for seniors, events catering to seniors in the community, transportation help and much more. There are several senior activity and dining centers in Bay County that provide meals for a small donation and a variety of activities for Bay County seniors.
Probate Courts in Bay County, Michigan
As people get older, they often begin to consider end of life issues. However, issues like incapacity and legacy planning or estate planning are not just issues affecting senior citizens. Something could happen at any time, leaving a person of any age unable to make his own decisions or faced with an untimely death that leaves loved ones behind.
If no advanced plans have been made in case of incapacity, legal proceedings initiated in court may be necessary for a guardian or conservator to be appointed. The probate court within Bay County, Michigan presides over guardianship or conservatorship proceedings in which a person is appointed to act on behalf of someone who is incapacitated. The probate court is also the court in which many estates are settled. Most estates must pass through the probate process and assets will transfer through this lengthy court process unless alternative plans have been made to facilitate the more timely transfer of wealth through processes like trust administration.
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle helps families avoid probate court by making an incapacity plan and estate plan. We can also represent those who must go to probate court because their loved one has passed away or has become physically or mentally unsound so a guardian must be appointed. We have successfully represented many clients within the Bay County probate court, which is located at the Bay County Court Facility at 1230 Washington Avenue in Suite 715. This court is within Bay City, Michigan, 48708 and the telephone number to reach the court is 989-895-4205.
Getting Help from Bay County Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorneys
Bay County Michigan elder law and estate planning lawyers at Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can provide personalized one-on-one help with making your plans for the future. Whether you want to try to ensure you have financial security for a comfortable, long life or want to plan ahead for tragedy that could leave you incapacitated, we are here to provide assistance. We help you to determine what plans you need to make for your future, we listen carefully to your goals and assist with the crafting of a personalized plan and we assist you in carrying out your plans to protect yourself and your loved ones from life’s uncertainties.
To find out more about the ways in which Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can help you to make your plans for whatever life brings, give us a call at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online today. Our legal team will offer the type of help that Bay County residents deserve so they can make effective use of legal tools to achieve a more secure future for themselves and the people they love.