Biddinger & Bitzer provides elder law and estate planning help throughout Michigan’s shoreline communities as well as in surrounding areas. If you live in Saginaw County, Michigan, our firm can assist you with the creation of comprehensive plans for your future.
Whether you need help making a plan in case of incapacity or taking steps to secure your legacy, we can provide compassionate, knowledgeable legal advice so you can make informed choices about your future. Clients throughout Saginaw County have long trusted our firm to help them make some of their most important life decisions, and we can put our legal knowledge and expertise to work to help you make the plans you need to make.
Life in Saginaw County
Saginaw County is located in Michigan and dates back to 1822, although the county was not fully organized until 1835. Saginaw County had a population of just over 200,000 people as of the most recent census. The county seat is Saginaw, and both the county seat and the county itself get their names from the Suak tribe which once lived in the area.
Saginaw County is considered to be part of the central Michigan region, in the Saginaw Metropolitan area. The county spans a total of 816 square miles, 1.9 percent of which is water and the remainder of which is land. There are multiple rivers in Saginaw County, including the Cass, Flint, Bad, Shiawassee, and Tittabawassees Rivers.
Saginaw County is the site of one of Michigan’s first roads, the Suak foothpath, which is now the Saginaw Trail. Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College both serve the Saginaw area, although Delta College is actually a few miles into Bay County and not directly in Saginaw County.
There are also approximately 550 total acres of parks in Saginaw County, and these parks offer swimming beaches, picnic areas, boat launches and hiking trails that residents and visitors alike can take advantage of and enjoy.
Senior Services in Saginaw County
In Saginaw, approximately 15.3 percent of the population was 65 or older as of the most recent census. Many of the seniors in Saginaw County can benefit from local programs and services designed to foster community connections, maintain independence and enhance quality of life.
The County of Saginaw has a Commission on Aging, which has operated since 1973 to provide programs to older adults. Some of the many programs that Saginaw County seniors can take advantage of that the Commission on Aging provides include:
- Meals on Wheels, which brings nutritious meals to housebound seniors and older people with difficulty getting around.
- The Dining Senior Style program, which also provides an opportunity for nutritious meals as well as an opportunity to make social connections.
- Caregiver support programs, which help caregivers to do the difficult jobs of maintaining their own lives and independence while offering necessary care to older or disabled loved ones.
- Cell phones for seniors, which can provide free phones to eligible older people who need communication devices.
- Foster grandparent programs, which connect seniors in Saginaw County with young children in need of mentorship.
- Emergency food assistance, which provides help to food insecure seniors who do not have enough resources to obtain the food they require.
- Transportation services, which make it possible for seniors who can no longer drive to visit the doctor, senior centers, grocery stores, and other community locations.
The Commission on Aging also provides many other programs that serve the needs of older residents of Saginaw County. Sometimes, however, seniors will need more intensive support and services than free or community-based programs can provide.
For example, a senior with serious physical or mental health issues may need long term care at home or may need to move to a nursing home. Medicaid, a means-tested benefits program, may be the only source of payment for this care, so seniors will need to work with an experienced attorney to get covered and get their care costs paid for.
Courts in Saginaw County
An experienced attorney at Biddinger & Bitzer can also provide help to seniors and people of all ages who want to make an estate plan and an incapacity plan. An estate plan can make it possible to pass assets outside of the probate process, while an incapacity plan can determine who takes control over decision-making in the event of incapacity so guardianship proceedings are not necessary.
Sometimes, however, no estate plan is in place, an estate plan contains only a will, or a person becomes incapacitated without an incapacity plan. When this happens, a visit to probate court is necessary. Probate courts have jurisdiction over trusts, estates, guardianship and conservatorship, and involuntary commitment for people who are mentally ill.
For residents of Saginaw County, the probate court where these legal proceedings will take place is the Saginaw County probate court. This court is located at 111 South Michigan Avenue, in Saginaw, MI 48602. The telephone number for the Saginaw County probate court is 989-790-5279. The court is open on Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:45 PM, although it is closed on federal and state holidays.
Biddinger & Bitzer will be there for you if you must go to probate court on any estate matter or if your loved one is incapacitated. A lot of money may be at stake in probate court proceedings, so you should be certain to have an experienced advocate on your side.
Getting Help from a Saginaw County Elder Law Attorney
A Saginaw County elder law attorney at Biddinger & Bitzer offers comprehensive support not just with planning to avoid probate court, handling probate court matters, or obtaining benefits for seniors, but also with all legal issues you face as you look ahead towards your future.
Whether you are planning for retirement, working to ensure your children are cared for if something happens to you, or interested in asset protection, we help with all of the steps you need to take to achieve a more secure future for yourself and your loved ones.
To find out more about the services that we provide and to learn about the personalized help that our legal team can offer you, give us a call at (989) 872-5601 or HYPERLINK “https://biddingerandbitzer.com/contact-us/”contact us online today.