The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. provides representation to clients in Bath, New York. Our elder law and estate planning firm is a full-service firm, so we help clients with a full array of issues in planning for the future. The assistance that we offer ranges from retirement planning to making a plan to protect assets to preparing for sickness and for leaving your legacy.
Our firm provides representation to clients of all ages in the Bath area. We can represent young families who want to make sure their children are always provided for and we can provide representation to people who are getting older who want to ensure that their legacy is not derailed as a result of nursing home care or other end of life issues. Whatever your situation, our firm will put together a personalized plan that is right for you. Just give us a call to find out how we can help.
Life in Bath
Bath, New York is a town in Steuben County, New York. The town spans almost 97 square miles and was home to more than 12,000 people as of the most recent census. Bath was founded in 1793 and it still celebrates its rich heritage, including its location as the site of the Bath VA Medical Center, which was established in 1877. Its largest settlement is the Village of Bath, which spans almost 3 miles, but it is also home to several other communities including the Dudley Settlement and Coss Corners.
Senior Services in Bath
As of the most recent census, a total of 18.5 percent of people living in Bath, NY were 65 years of age or older. A total of 14.1 percent of households had someone living independently who was at least 65 at the time of this census. Living independently can present challenges for older residents.
Fortunately, there are many programs and services seniors in Bath can take advantage of. To find out about some of these programs and to discover how you can enhance your quality of life by utilizing resources available to Bath residents, you can make use of the following resources:
- The Steuben County Office for the Aging: This office has been designated by the state to plan and coordinate services to meet the needs of older residents of Bath, NY and surrounding areas. You can get help from the Office for the Aging to find out how to stay safe at home and age in place, as well as to learn about community-based programs. There are three offices for the Steuben County Office for the Aging, including an office directly in Bath located at 3 East Pulteney Square. The telephone number to reach this office is 607-644-2298.
- The website of Steuben County, NY: This website provides details on programs for seniors including transportation, meal service, and local activities and senior centers.
The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. can also provide personalized help in applying for benefits through programs like Medicaid and the Veterans’ Administration. This can become especially important if you have costly health needs and the support and services you require go beyond what is offered in free and affordable community-based programs.
Courts in Bath
Residents of Bath and those who own property in Bath may experience issues that arise in connection with estates or end-of-life issues which necessitate intervention from the courts. The court that handles probate and estate matters in New York is called the Surrogate’s Court.
The Surrogate’s Court serving Steuben County is part of the 7th Judicial District within New York’s Unified Court system. The court is located at 3 East Pulteney Square in Bath, NY 14810. The telephone number for you to reach the Surrogate’s Court is 607-622-8243. The court is open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Mondays through Fridays, but is not open on court holidays.
You may need to go to surrogate’s court if your loved one has become incapacitated and is no longer able to act on his own. The court can name a guardian or conservator who can act on behalf of the incapacitated person. If someone has passed away, the estate of the deceased person may also need to be settled in surrogate’s court.
The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. can provide representation to individuals and families who must initiate surrogate court proceedings or who become involved with any legal matters to be decided in Surrogate’s Court. We can also help clients during the estate planning process to take steps to help their families avoid having to go to Surrogate’s Court. These steps could include making an incapacity plan that includes naming an agent using a power of attorney or facilitating the transfer of assets outside of the probate process through the creation of a living trust.
Getting Help from a Bath Elder Law Attorney
The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. proudly serves clients in the Bath area who need help and support as they go through the process of planning for their futures. Whether you want to make a retirement plan and take steps to protect your assets so you will be prepared for the good times or you are hoping to make smart choices about securing your future in case something goes wrong with the creation of an incapacity plan and a legacy plan, our firm is here to provide the assistance you need.
We can help you to use the right legal tools, like a last will and testament, advanced directives and trusts, to make sure that you are ready no matter what the future holds. To find out more about the different services that The Law Office of Michael Robinson, P.C. can provide to you, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at 585-374-5210 or contact us online to talk with an attorney about putting a plan in place for your situation so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you, your family, and your assets will be taken care of.