If you live in Fairfield, Ohio, you should talk with an attorney at Zimmer Law Firm to make plans for your future. Our firm is a full-service elder law and estate planning firm and we help people of all ages to ensure they are prepared for end of life issues and to ensure that they have taken control over their legacies.
Many people do not realize they need the help of a Fairfield elder law or estate planning attorney until they have gotten older—or, in many cases, until it is too late to take full advantage of the protections that are available through use of appropriate legal tools.
You should act when you are young and healthy to keep your assets safe and secure, to determine what medical care you want to receive in an emergency, and to determine what you want your legacy to be. Zimmer Law Firm is here to help. Clients throughout Fairfield, Ohio turn to us for the compassionate, comprehensive advice we can provide in making plans for whatever the future holds.
Life in Fairfield, Ohio
Fairfield is a residential suburb of the city of Cincinnati. Fairfield is located within two counties in Ohio: Butler County and Hamilton County. As of the most recent census, more than 42,5100 people lived within the Fairfield area, which spans a total of 21.06 square miles. All but .12 square miles of Fairfield is located on land.
Fairfield has one of the largest school districts in all of Ohio, and it is also the headquarters of Cincinnati Financial, an Ohio-based insurance company and the largest employer in the Fairfield area. Fairfield is also known for the Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy, which is one of the most elite gymnastics programs throughout the entire United States and which has trained several gymnasts who competed for the United States in the Olympic games.
Seniors in Fairfield, Ohio
In Fairfield, Ohio, 9.3% of households were comprised of a senior aged 65 or older who was living alone, as of the most recent census. Often it becomes necessary for seniors—and especially seniors who are living independently—to get a little extra help and support in order to stay connected to their communities, to get sufficient nutrition, or to get transportation. There are services in Fairfield available to seniors, including:
- The Butler County Elderly Services Program: Administered by the The Southwestern Ohio Council on Aging, this program can be reached via phone at 513-868-9281. Many different kinds of services are made accessible through this program, including meals and nutrition counseling, transportation help, assistance with independent living, home repairs and modifications, consumer directed care, adult daycare, care management, and medical equipment.
- Hamilton County Job and Family Services: Hamilton County Job and Family Services investigates reports of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Caseworkers can work with families, social service agencies, and community groups to help ensure that the needs of vulnerable seniors are met.
When these community-based services are insufficient to meet a senior’s needs, it may become necessary for the older person to qualify for various government programs like Medicaid. Medicaid is one of the primary sources of payments for nursing home care for Fairfield residents, but seniors will need to work with an experienced attorney to make sure they can get covered by Medicaid without first having to spend all of their money and losing the chance to leave a legacy.
Zimmer Law Firm can help seniors to identify the full range of benefits that they could potentially qualify for through the Veterans’ Administration or through other government programs. Our legal team can also help you to protect assets while getting Medicaid to cover the costs of your nursing home care.
Courts in Fairfield, Ohio
If your loved one is incapacitated or if your loved one has passed away, you may find yourself needing to go to probate court. You may need to initiate guardianship proceedings to get authority to manage the affairs of an incapacitated family member. The probate process, on the other hand, occurs after a death and is the process used to facilitate the transfer of the deceased’s assets to new owners.
Probate proceedings or guardianship proceedings must take place in the county where the deceased or incapacitated person lived. This means if the deceased lived in Fairfield, Ohio, the appropriate probate court is either in Butler County or in Hamilton County, depending upon the part of Fairfield where the deceased lived. The Butler County probate court can be reached at 513-887-3294 and is located at 101 High Street in Hamilton, Ohio. The Hamilton County Probate Court can be reached at 513-946-3600 and is located at the William Howard Taft Center on 230 East Ninth Street in Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.
Zimmer Law Firm will help you if you must go to this court, so give us a call before you initiate probate or guardianship proceedings so you’ll have an experienced legal advocate to help you through the entirety of the probate or guardianship process.
Getting help from a Fairfield, Ohio Elder Law an Estate Planning Attorney
Far too many people in Fairfield wait too long to take steps to protect assets, specify their preferences for medical care, or make plans for what should happen after they pass away. You don’t want default laws determining who inherits your property and you don’t want to put your family in a difficult position when you get sick or pass away. You should reach out to Zimmer Law Firm today to learn about all of the services our legal team can provide to help you be prepared in case of illness, injury, or the end of your life.
To find out about the full range of services our Fairfield, Ohio elder law and estate planning attorneys can offer you, join us for a free seminar. If you’re ready to get personalized advice on asset protection, incapacity planning, estate planning, and more, give us a call at 513-721-1513 today.