Zimmer Law Firm is a full service estate planning and elder law firm that provides representation to clients in Warren County, Ohio and surrounding areas. Our firm knows the importance of having a local lawyer with understanding of the legal system and with knowledge of the local programs and services aimed at seniors. We provide you with compassionate, knowledgeable and affordable assistance as you plan your legacy or consider what life may look like as you age.
Our firm can help with all different aspects of preparing for an uncertain future, from making arrangements for care of minor children in case something happens to you to helping you to decide on end of life issues so you can maintain quality of life. We also assist with issues like retirement planning and financial planning so you can benefit from our services even if you stay healthy and live a long, independent life. Give us a call to find out more about the services we provide, which are custom-tailored to your needs as required.
Life in Warren County, OH
Warren County is a county in Ohio that is part of the Cincinnati-Middletown area. The population, as of the most recent census, was 212,693. Lebanon is the county seat of Warren County. Warren County and neighboring Butler County are considered the geographical center of the Cincinnati-Dayton metro region, which is the 14th most populous region in the U.S. and which is home to around 3.3 million people.
Warren County hosts an Ohio Renaissance Festival each year. It is also the home of Lebanon Raceway and is the location of Caesar’s Creek State Park.
Seniors in Warren County, OH
In Warren County, 6.4 percent of households are compromised of a senior who is living alone. Getting older can be difficult for seniors, especially if they are living alone without any other family members, but there is help from different government agencies as well as private organizations and community groups, among others. Warren County provides many different kinds of assistance to seniors to help them maintain their quality of life.
Warren County Community Services, Inc. has extensive information on the types of services that are provided to older people in the county. Many people are eligible to take advantage of some of the services, like home meal delivery at no cost or at a very low cost. These services include:
- Home meal delivery
- Adult day care services
- Care management, which provides help coordinating services.
- Electronic monitoring systems, including safety alerts and medication alerts.
- Environmental services including pest control.
- HomeCare help including respite care to ease the burden of primary caregivers.
- Home upgrades and home modifications.
- Assistance with independent living activities, like organizing records.
- Nutritional counseling.
- Medical transportation to appointments throughout Warren County.
To be eligible for help through Warren County Community Services, Inc, you must live in Warren County and must be at least 60-years-old or older. A home visit from an ESP care manager is also necessary in order to evaluate whether or not you actually require services.
There are also other benefits and programs available that seniors may be able to take advantage of, including services through the Veterans’ Administration for qualifying members of the military and their families. An experienced attorney can help you to determine what services may be available to you and can help you with the process of applying for benefits.
Probate Court in Warren County, OH
The probate court in Warren County opened its doors and began operations in 1835. The court is one of the oldest courts in the state of Ohio that is still operational today. The court presides over many different types of legal proceedings including:
- Establishing the estate of someone who has passed away
- Guardianship proceedings to determine who should serve as a guardian when a guardian is required as a result of age or incapacity
- Managing guardianships and trusts, including appointing a fiduciary for administration purposes
- Approving sales of land by fiduciaries, which is required unless whatever document was used to create a trust estate permits a sale without the probate court approving of it first
- Supervising fiduciaries in order to make certain they are living up to their obligations
- Presiding over adoptions
- Approving wrongful death settlements
These are just a few of the many key legal issues that the Warren County presides over. In many cases, the job of an estate planning lawyer is to make sure you and your family do not have to go to court for many of these tasks. Zimmer Law Firm will, for example, help to create an incapacity plan so no guardianship proceedings are necessary if you become unable to act of your own accord.
Sometimes, however, going before the probate court is not optional- such as when someone has passed away and his estate must be probated because no advanced plans were made to avoid the probate process. If you must probate a will of someone you cared about or if you need to initiate guardianship proceedings for an incapacitated loved one who didn’t make advanced plans, Zimmer Law Firm is here to help you.
Getting Help from a Warren County Probate Lawyer
Zimmer Law Firm has helped many families in Warren County with estate planning and elder law issues. Our firm knows how to work within Ohio and federal laws to help you be prepared in case of incapacity and to help you build a strong legacy. We also offer assistance with financial planning, asset protection, and more.
When your goal is to build the most secure future for yourself and your loved ones in Warren County, our firm is the firm that you can count on to help you make your dreams a reality. Give us a call today to find out more about the ways in which we can help you to make effective use of legal planning tools for your future.