Biddinger & Bitzer serves the St. Clair County area and provides elder law and estate planning assistance to clients of all ages and to clients at all different income levels. It is never too early for you to make plans for your future by taking control of your retirement savings, by taking steps to protect your assets, and by planning ahead so you are prepared in case of illness or injury.
Your estate plan and your end of life plans must be tailored to your needs and must be designed to meet your goals. Biddinger & Bitzer is here to provide you with the personalized help that you need in order to put the right plans in place for you and your loved ones.
Our legal team will listen carefully to your goals and worries about your future and will discuss your concerns about your family’s security or about what will happen if you get sick. We will help you to use the right legal tools to make a customized plan that is right for your situation, so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing you’re prepared for anything. To find out more about how we can help you, give us a call today.
Life in St. Clair County
St. Clair County is a county in Michigan and is the thirteenth most populated county located within the state. St Clair County borders St. Clair River and its county seat is Port Huron, which is located on Lake Huron.
St. Clair has been recognized as a county since it was created in September of 1820. It is a part of the eastern Michigan area known as the Thumb, and it is also considered to be part of the greater Detroit Metropolitan area.
St. Clair County has five parks within the county borders, and the county also operates the Wadhams to Avoca Trail as well as operating the Bridge to Bay Trail in conjunction with other local government units. There are numerous townships within the County, including Berlin, Clay, Emmett, and Port Huron townships. The county is also served by multiple major highways including Interstates 69, 94, 19, and 25 so transportation to and from the county is simple for residents and visitors alike.
Seniors in St. Clair County
As of the most recent census, 14.5 percent of the population of St. Clair County was made up of senior citizens age 65 or older. As senior citizens age, they will often require more help and more support from the community in order to maintain the highest possible quality of life or in order to handle basic activities of daily living. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for seniors living in St. Clair County to obtain various types of help and to maintain social connections.
To discover some of the services that seniors can take advantage of in St. Clair County, you can check out the website of the St. Clair County Council on Aging. The council indicates that it’s core mission is to “help seniors remain independent and to maintain their dignity.” There are many different programs offered to provide assistance with achieving this goal, including homemaker or chore services; personal care workers; home repair services; transportation; and meal service. You can visit the St. Clair County Council on Aging at 600 Grand River Avenue, Port Huron, MI 48060 or you can contact the Council by phone at 810-987-8811.
Biddinger & Bitzer can also provide help to St. Clair County residents in getting qualified for Medicaid or in obtaining benefits through the VA if they require long-term care, nursing home care, or other more intensive services than may be available through the different kinds of community-based programs.
Courts in St. Clair County
Biddinger & Bitzer helps not only seniors, but people of all ages, with issues that arise when planning for end of life or with issues that arise when coping with the incapacity or death of a loved one. Often, handling these issues means going to probate court. If you must go to probate court in connection with a loved one who has become incapacitated or who has passed on, you will need to go to the probate court in the county where the incapacitated or deceased person resides.
If your loved one lives in or owns property in St. Clair County, the probate court where you will need to go is the St. Clair County Probate Court, which is located at 201 McMorran Boulevard in Room 2700. The court is in Port Huron, and the telephone number to reach the court is 810-985-2066. The court is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, except for on court holidays when it is closed.
Our legal team can also help with the creation of an incapacity plan or an estate plan that makes it possible for you to avoid probate court. If you make an incapacity plan in advance and use a power of attorney to name a trusted agent to act on your behalf, guardianship proceedings will not be necessary in the event of incapacity. Likewise, a comprehensive estate plan incorporating the use of tools like trusts or pay-on-death accounts could eliminate the need for probate proceedings to take place. We can help you to create these plans to spare your loved ones the stress and cost of court proceedings.
Getting Help from an Elder Law Attorney in St. Clair County
It is important to make your plans for incapacity, end of life, and the creation of your legacy as early as you can, as you could lose out on some of the opportunities to protect your family and assets if you wait.
Biddinger & Bitzer can help you to ensure you have the right plans in place now and in the future. To find out more about how our St. Clair County elder law and estate planning attorneys can help you, give us a call at (989) 872-5601 or contact us online today.