Estate Planning Attorneys Serving the Burlington Area
Burlington, MA residents who need help with estate planning and elder law matters can turn to The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. Our legal team provides assistance to people of all ages, including seniors concerned about end-of-life matters and about their legacy. Whatever your age or financial situation, we can help you protect your assets, protect your future, and provide for the people depending upon you. We know the Burlington, MA rules and understand the legal tools to help you make your plans, so give us a call today.
Life In Burlington, MA
Burlington is located in Middlesex County and has a population of around 25,000 people. Burlington’s history dates back to its first settlement in 1641. A long time ago, mills along Vine Brook made Burlington a thriving epicenter of the industry during colonial times. Burlington then becomes an agricultural mecca, with its economy based on growing and selling hops and rye, which were provided to people in Boston. Today, Burlington is considered a suburban industrial town, as its economy began expanding drastically in different ways when Route 128 was build and provided the opportunity for industrial activity.
Burlington provides plenty of work opportunities, but also plenty for residents and visitors alike to do in the area. There is a Town Commons located in the center of town, along with Simonds Park and numerous other parks and public recreation facilities. Burlington Ice Palace, an indoor skating rink, is a local favorite. There is also a skatepark located in Burlington. For those who prefer outdoor activities, the Mill Pond Conservation Area is located in Eastern Burlington and includes more than 140 acres that feature both marked and unmarked trails. Mill Pond is located within this area as well, and fishing is permitted within Mill Pond with a special permit.
People of all ages throughout Burlington can take advantage of all that the area has to offer. Knowing about community resources, as well as knowing about legal resources, is a smart choice for Burlington residents.
The Council in Aging
Seniors are a uniquely vulnerable population who are often the most in need of advice from an elder law and estate planning attorney. The median age in Burlington is 38 years old, and 13.9 percent of the population is 65 and over, so there are plenty of elderly people living locally. Seniors also have unique care requirements as a result of advancing age and the potential for medical conditions. In order to address the needs of seniors in Burlington, MA, there is a Council on Aging.
The Council on Aging has a monthly newsletter, as well as a caregiver’s support group to provide camaraderie and assistance to people who are taking care of aging and ill relatives. There is an Eating Together Program run by the Council on Aging, as well as many other programs designed to provide support and social interaction for seniors in the Burlington, MA area.
Transportation is also available for seniors who need help getting to Burlington Medical, New England Rehab, or Baldwin Place. The transport vehicles provide opportunities for shopping and general activities on Saturdays as well. The Council on Aging dates back to 1967 and volunteers work on the Council to help provide a “fuller way of life for seniors sixty and over.”
Nursing Homes and Senior Living in Burlington, MA
A Place for Mom indicates there are more than 50 different nursing homes in and around Burlington, MA. Costs for monthly care range from $2,402 to $12,048 for nursing homes and senior living communities in Burlington.
Planning for nursing home care is essential due to the high costs of care, so seniors should be certain to talk with The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. to create a nursing home plan. The sooner you make your nursing home plan, the more of your assets you should be able to protect in case you must pay costly nursing home bills. You can also work with an attorney to find the right nursing home that has a good reputation for patient care and that will provide you with the types of assistance that you need.
Courts in Burlington, MA
In many situations, our legal team focuses on avoiding or limiting involvement with the court. For example, we can help you transfer assets outside probate so your family does not have to wait to inherit and so you can keep costs down. The creation of an incapacity plan also means your loved ones won’t need to initiate guardianship proceedings if something renders you unable to manage your own affairs or remain autonomous in making choices.
There are, however, times when estate and elder law matters are handled in court. When this happens, most often you will be in the Middlesex Probate and family Court if you live in Burlington, MA. There are two buildings where the court is located: 208 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, and 121 Third Street in Cambridge.
Public transportation is available to get to the Middlesex Probate and Family Court. You can take the green line to the Lechmere Station, and the main court house is located diagonally across the street. Two blocks to the left, the Third Street Courthouse can be found on the corner. There are also numerous bus routes that take you to the Probate and Family Court. If you must go to the probate court because your loved one has died or because you are initiating guardianship proceedings, the Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. can represent you and advise you during the legal proceedings.
Getting Help from a Burlington, MA Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorney
The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. provides many different kinds of help with elder law and estate planning matters. From making a will to guiding you through probate to helping with asset protection, we can offer all of the services that you need to help achieve a secure future. Give us a call today at at 508-799-8885 or contact us online to find out more about the ways in which we can help you.