Zimmer Law Firm provides legal representation to clients throughout Clermont County who need assistance with elder law, estate planning, the probate process, Medicaid planning and pre-planning, or any other issues related to planning for the future and responding to the death of a loved one.
We know the ins-and-outs of Ohio law and will help you to make the types of plans necessary to secure your legacy and control your autonomy no matter what life brings. Give us a call to find out more about the services that we can provide to you throughout Clermont County if you need help from an elder law or estate planning attorney.
Life in Clermont County
Clermont County has the distinction of being the eighth oldest county within the entire state of Ohio. It is also the eleventh oldest county that was a part of the former Northwest Territory. The County gets its name from a province in France, which is also called Clermont Province. The term Clermont means “Clear Mount” in French.
Clermont County dates all the way back to the year 1800 when the county was first given its ordinance. The county’s age, however, is not its only distinction that sets it apart. Clermont County is also the county in Ohio that is the furthest to the west in the Appalachian region. It is also a relatively large county, as the population according to the most recent census exceeds 197,000 people.
Clermont County is considered to be a part of the greater Cincinnati area. The county spans 460 square miles and only 7.7 square miles of the county is water, with the rest of the entire county on land. Clermont County is home to both Valley View Nature Preserve and the Cincinnati Nature Center for locals and visitors alike who enjoy the outdoors. There are also more than 600 total acres of green spaces in Clermont County, including five parks located throughout the county as well as many biking and hiking trails. It is easy to be active in Clermont County, especially when visiting Stonelick State Park or East Fork State Park.
Seniors in Clermont County
Seniors throughout Clermont County often require more help continuing to remain socially connected within their communities and taking advantage of the services that they require. Unfortunately, as of the most recent census, 5.5 percent of seniors 65 and older in Clermont County were living in poverty.
Zimmer Law Firm provides assistance with making financial plans throughout your life to reduce the chances that you will reach your senior years without the savings that you need to sustain you. Having a sufficient amount of savings is vital for older people, but it can be difficult to build up a big nest egg if you do not start saving young and take advantage of tax-advantaged accounts like IRAs.
Seniors can also get help from Zimmer Law Firm to learn about different benefits and programs that they can take advantage of to enhance their quality of life. There is help and support available for older people with varying levels of need within Clermont County, but you need to know how to find out what benefits you can access if you are getting older.
Clermont Senior Services is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides information and support for seniors living within the county. Clermont Senior Services has a four-decade track record of coordinating services including community-based and in-home services that make it possible for older people to live independently even as they begin to experience physical or mental issues. You can reach out to Clermont Senior Services to get general assistance and to take advantage of programs that are offered.
If you want personalized help and legal advice applying for benefits programs like benefits through the Veterans’ Administration or through Medicaid, you should talk with an experienced attorney. You should also reach out to an attorney who offers estate planning and end of life planning services as you are getting older so you can determine what kinds of care you’ll want as a senior, who will make decisions on your behalf if you become incapacitated, and what will happen to your assets after you pass away.
Probate Courts in Clermont County
With advanced planning, it is possible to avoid conservatorship or guardianship proceedings, which would become necessary if a person with no incapacity plan became incapacitated and family members had to go to court to get a conservator or guardian named. Advanced planning can also make it possible to transfer assets outside of the probate process so money is saved and heirs or beneficiaries inherit more quickly. Zimmer Law Firm provides assistance with making advanced plans for incapacity as well as with making estate plans.
Sometimes, however, no plans will have been made and conservatorship or probate proceedings will become necessary. When this happens, the conservatorship proceedings or probate process will take place in the local Probate Court in Clermont County, Ohio. The court has a website with many estate forms available, as well as with conservatorship forms, guardianship forms, deposit of will forms, and more.
You can also reach the court at 513-732-7292 or at 2379 Clermont Center Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103. The court is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except for holidays. If you need to fax something to the court, you can fax your paperwork to 513-732-8183.
Getting Help from a Clermont County Elder Law or Probate Attorney
A Clermont County elder law or probate attorney can provide invaluable assistance with making your plans for your future. Whether you are a senior getting older, a young person concerned about retirement, a new parent, or anyone else who wants to provide for your loved ones and take control of your own destiny, our legal team can help you. To find out more, join us for a free seminar http://www.zimmerlawfirm.com/seminars/. You can also give us a call at 513-721-1513 to get personalized help and advice.