The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. provides comprehensive legal representation to residents of Steuben County who need help making plans for the future. We can provide personalized one-on-one advice about how you can protect your family, assets, and autonomy as you age.
Making plans to protect and secure your future is one of the most important things that you can do at any life stage, as you never know when illness or injury could strike. Our legal team helps you to address the issues that matter to you and your loved ones by making effective use of legal tools to plan for incapacity, prepare for retirement, protect your children, and secure your legacy.
To find out more about the ways in which a Steuben County elder law and estate planning attorney can help you, give us a call today.
Life in Steuben County
Steuben County is a New York County that is part of the Elmira-Corning metropolitan area. The county has a population of almost 99,000 people as of the most recent census. It was originally a part of Albany County when New York first established counties in 1683. However, in 1772, the remaining parts of Albany County were split up into three different parts. One of those parts became Tyron County, and Tyron County has now split into a total of 37 different counties including the area that now makes up Steuben County.
Steuben County got its name from Baron von Steuben. Baron von Steuben was a German general who fought in the American Revolutionary War alongside the Americans. However, Steuben County pronounces its name differently than the German general did.
Steuben County is connected to many major highways and thoroughfares in New York, including Interstate 86. Interstate 99, and New York State Routes 21, 36, 414, 415, and 417. There are also several public use airports located in Steuben County including the Corning-Painted Post Airport and the Hornell Municipal Airport.
Seniors in Steuben County
As of the most recent census, just under 12 percent of households in Steuben County were comprised of a senior aged 65 or older living alone. Seniors often struggle to remain independent as they age, and may need help from their communities – especially if they do not have close family members living with them who can provide for their needs.
Fortunately, Steuben County seniors have resources available to them that can provide them with support as well as assist them in maintaining important social connections. Seniors can find out about available programs and services by visiting the website of the Office for the Aging for Steuben County.
This site provides information about getting help at home, staying health and safe, and aging in place. There is also information about partner agencies and a caregiver resource center that can be invaluable to those who need assistance with a wide range of issues. Seniors can find out about transportation, nutrition services, senior centers in their area, and more.
Probate Courts in Steuben County
Probate and estate matters in Steuben County are handled in the Surrogate’s Court for the 7th Judicial District. The website for this court has many important resources for those who have probate matters to address.
You can find information on e-filing forms with the court on it’s website, as well as find training about the e-filing process. There is a link to answers to frequently asked questions, and you can also obtain the different forms that you will need to handle legal matters that come before the Surrogate’s Court.
It may become necessary to go to court if your loved one has become incapacitated without an advanced plan. You may need to go to court to have a guardian or conservator appointed by a judge so the guardian or conservator can manage the incapacitated person’s affairs and make decisions on his or her behalf. The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. can provide assistance in circumstances where going to court is needed to have a guardian appointed.
Going to court can also become necessary after a death when assets must pass through the probate process. The executor of an estate will be in charge of starting the court process and facilitating the transfer of money and property. Heirs or beneficiaries will also need to make certain they monitor probate proceedings carefully in order to protect their estate.
The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. can provide representation to anyone with a legal interest in probate court proceedings. We can assist the executor of an estate in fulfilling his fiduciary duty, can help heirs or beneficiaries in monitoring to ensure the transfer of assets is going smoothly, and can help those who wish to contest a will because they do not believe it accurately reflects the wishes of the deceased.
We can also provide help to those who are making plans in advance of the time when they become incapacitated or pass away. There are tools that can be used to avoid the need for court proceedings – which can be better for everyone. Avoiding court can save time and money, can protect assets, can protect privacy, and can spare family members from being forced to cope with complicated legal proceedings in a time of grief.
Getting Help from Steuben County Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorneys
Whether you need help with probate proceedings, obtaining benefits as a senior, or otherwise taking steps to make plans for your future, The Law Office Of Michael Robinson, P.C. is here. We have a long and successful track record of providing comprehensive help with incapacity planning, estate planning, legacy planning, and more to those within Steuben County.
We know the tools you can use to accomplish your goals for the future, so give our Steuben County elder law and estate planning attorneys a call today. You can join us for a free seminar to find out more about the services that we provide. You can also give us a call at 585-374-5210 or contact us online to get personalized advice and to get your plans underway.