Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle is an elder law and estate planning law firm that provides legal services within Huron County, Michigan. Whether you are in need of assistance making a plan for your legacy, protecting assets or planning for end-of-life issues, our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can provide the advice and help you need. We can work with you to protect your future and the future of your loved ones, so give us a call as soon as possible.
Life in Huron County, Michigan
Huron County is a county located in the state of Michigan. There were more than 33,110 people living in Huron County as of the most recent census. The County is located at the tip of a sub-region in the middle of Michigan that is colloquially called “The Thumb.” Bad Axe is the county seat of Huron County, which is bordered by Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay. Adjacent counties to Huron County include Sanilac and Tuscola Counties.
Huron County is set on a peninsula, and there are more than 90 miles of shoreline within Huron County. There is a lot of tourism in the County due to the expansive Lake Huron shoreline, with lots of weekend visitors taking the 90-minute drive up M-53 from Metro Detroit, or even shorter treks from Saginaw, Bay City and Flint. Any given Friday in the summer, you will see hundreds of SUV’s with kayaks, campers, ATV’s and jetskis coming north to Huron County. Fall brings thousands of hunters to the area, hunting ducks, geese, and deer. In the winter, there are snowmobiles all over this winter wonderland.
Huron County spans a total of 2,137 square miles, more than half of which is water. A total of 1,301 square miles of Huron County are comprised of water. Huron is access by numerous highways, including M-19, 25, 53, and 142. Visitors and locals alike in Huron County are able to enjoy the county’s two state parks, which include Port Crescent State Park and Sleeper State Park. There are also numerous county parks that are located along the shore, including Sebewaing Park, Lighthouse park, Caseville Park, Stafford Park, Port Austin Bird Creek Park, and more.
Across Huron County, you’ll see fields full of corn, sugar beets, beans, wheat and hay—all part of the agri-business that makes up the primary industry. There are massive dairy farms, sugar processing plants, an ethanol plant, and nearly every community has a railroad station with silos full of corn, wheat and beans making their way to feed the world. In the last decade, Huron County has become an alternative energy source with hundreds of commercial windmills generating electricity for Detroit.
Median income for households in Huron County was $38,789 according to a 2010 American Community Survey, which estimated income over three years. For a family, median income in Huron County was $46,533. Men had a higher median income in the county than women did, and approximately 14.4 percent of all Huron County residents were below the poverty line as of the 2010 survey.
Protecting wealth is important especially if you don’t have a fortune, and Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can provide assistance to people of various income levels in Huron County who wish to protect their assets and who wish to ensure that their assets can help them to leave a strong legacy. Family farms are a way of life here, and our attorneys work to create succession plans, farm trusts, and buy-sell agreements to help local farmers keep their land and assets in the family name.
Senior Services in Huron County
According to the Huron County View, there were around 8,975 senior citizens living in Huron County, Michigan as of the most recent census. Seniors 65 and older represent around a third of the adult population in Huron County.
Many seniors will require services as they get older, either to enhance quality of life or because caring for themselves becomes difficult. Huron County View lists many different programs and services aimed a seniors, including the Adult Literacy Project; a Care Management Program that coordinates in-home care services for seniors who require a nursing home level of care; and a Geriatric Outreach program.
Taking advantage of these services can help seniors to remain independent for longer and/or to live fuller and more enriching lives during their golden years. There may also be other free programs that seniors are entitled to, and there may be benefits and programs covered by the Veterans’ Administration, Medicaid, or Medicare. Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can provide comprehensive help to seniors in understanding the programs and services available to them and in applying for those programs.
Probate Court in Huron County
Whether you are getting older or are simply concerned about your future at any age, Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can help you to take steps to ensure you’ll never force your family to go to probate court. You can make an estate plan that allows you to avoid the probate process and you can create an incapacity plan so guardianship proceedings won’t be needed if your family has to take control over making decisions for you.
Sometimes, however, probate court proceedings are not avoidable. If someone you love is incapacitated or if a loved one has passed away and assets will transfer through the probate process, you need to be prepared to go to the correct probate court to wind up the affairs of the estate or to have the court appoint a guardian.
If a legal issue must be resolved by a probate court judge, BBiddinger, Bitzer & Estelle can help you to file the correct court paperwork and to make convincing arguments to the court. There are local probate courts in counties throughout Michigan where probate matters are resolved, and our firm has experience in the court where your case will take place if you live in Huron County.
The Huron County Probate Court is found at 250 East Huron Avenue, Room 206, in Bad Axe, MI 48413. The telephone number to reach this probate court is 989 269-9944. If you have an issue that will go before the probate court, contact Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle for help as early as possible so we can assist with preparing your case and taking the right steps to get the issue resolved.
Getting Legal Help in Huron County
Biddinger, Bitzer & Estelle has an office at 970 North Van Dyke in Bad Axe to help you if you live in Huron County and you need legal help with estate planning, asset protection, retirement planning, incapacity planning, end-of-life planning, or other issues affecting your future. Whether our firm is assisting you with using legal tools like trusts to protect assets or is representing you in court during the probate process, we have the legal skills to help ensure your issues are handled efficiently and effectively. Contact our office at (989) 872-5601 to request an appointment or contact us online today.