In Lapeer County, clients turn to Biddinger & Bitzer to provide assistance with some of the most personal and sensitive legal issues that they face. Biddinger & Bitzer is an elder law and estate planning firm, so we provide clients with advice and aid in planning for what will happen if they get sick or if they are not able to take care of their families due to an untimely death.
Our legal team knows that no one likes to think about what will happen if something goes wrong and if sickness or injury strike you or your family. Yet, if you do not have plans in place, things will be much worse for you and your loved ones. We make the process of planning for your future as simple and as stress-free as possible. We can work closely with you to understand the tools that you need to use to achieve your goals for your legacy and to protect yourself and your loved ones in case of incapacity. We also help you to plan ahead for retirement, so you’ll be prepared if everything goes right.
You can give us a call at any time to find out about the services our firm provides to you and to get personalized help from a Lapeer County elder law and estate planning lawyer.
Life in Lapeer County
Lapeer County is a Michigan County that is considered to be a part of the greater Detroit metropolitan area. The county was first created back in 1822, and the area that is now known as Lapeer County was originally considered to be a part of the Territory of Indiana.
When the county was first created, lumber was one of the primary industries in the area; however, as lumber was cut down and the number of farms in the area grew, the economy in the county shifted to be mostly based on agriculture in around the 1870’s. Today, Lapeer County has a large population, with more than 88,000 people living in the county as of the most recent census.
Lapeer County was a founding member of the Karegnondi Water Authority after taking on this role in 2010. The County is also home to many historical structures, including Dryden Depot, Currier House, and St. Patrick’s Church.
Seniors in Lapeer County
As seniors age, it often becomes more important for older people to find programs in order to stay connected to the community and to enhance their quality of life. It also may become essential for seniors to find caregivers or support services if they are experiencing age-related infirmity or if they develop illnesses or injuries.
To learn about some of the different services seniors in Lapeer County can take advantage of, you can visit the Senior Programs web page for the county. The main services that are offered to elderly residents, according to Lapeer County, include care management services, case coordination, in-home personal care services, basic homemaking assistance, respite services for caregivers, home-delivered meal services for housebound seniors, congregate meals, home chore services, and two different senior centers.
Lapeer County residents can access the Lapeer Senior Center at 287 W. Nepessing St. Lapeer or via phone at 810 245-6896. They can also access the Imlay City Senior Center located at 395 East Third Street Imlay City, or via phone at 810 724-6030.
Biddinger & Bitzer will assist you in understanding all of the different community-based services that you may be eligible for and we can also help you to get access to services such as Medicaid or veterans’ benefits that could help you to get more support than free programs can offer.
Courts in Lapeer County
Another key service that Biddinger & Bitzer provides assistance with is helping families who must go to probate court. Going to probate court may be necessary if your loved one has become incapacitated without having a prior incapacity plan in place. You may need to get a guardian or a conservator named by the probate court if your loved one is no longer able to act on his own accord and if someone must be appointed in order to make his decisions and manage his affairs on his behalf.
Probate proceedings are also necessary after most deaths, unless advanced plans have been made to transfer assets outside of the probate process. If your loved one has passed on, we can represent you during the probate process. We provide representation to the person named as executor of an estate who has a fiduciary duty to guide the estate through the probate process, as well as representation to heirs or beneficiaries and to individuals who believe that they should contest a will because it is not a true reflection of the wishes of the deceased.
If guardianship or probate proceedings must take place, they need to occur in the Lapeer County probate court system if the incapacitated or the deceased person lived within this county or if that individual owned property within it. This court can be found at 255 Clay Street, Lapeer, MI 48446. The telephone number for the court is 810-667-0261. You can also find court forms including for conservatorships, guardianships, and wills on the court’s website, along with a fee schedule detailing the costs that are associated with both probate proceedings and guardianship proceedings.
Getting Help from Lapeer County Elder Law Attorneys
Whether you are going to court, are hoping to help your loved one stay out of it, or are addressing any of the other key issues that arise with estate planning, incapacity planning, legacy planning and more, you can turn to Biddinger & Bitzer to get the comprehensive help that you need. Our firm will work closely with you to ensure you have the right plans in place regardless of whether tomorrow brings good times or bad ones. To find out more about the help our compassionate and knowledgeable Lapeer County elder law attorneys can offer, give us a call at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online today.