The Law Offices of James A. Miller is an elder law and estate planning firm that has helped countless clients in and around the Framingham, MA area. Our legal team understands Massachusetts laws and helps individuals and families to use legal tools to achieve future goals.
We want to help make you and your family strong, financially secure, and prepared to deal with any challenge that comes your way. Having a plan is key, and our legal team will help you to create one. Call our Framingham elder law and estate planning attorneys today to discover more.
Life in Framingham
Framingham, MA is a town with a population of almost 70,000 people that is located in Middlesex County, MA. Framingham is the 14th most populated municipality within the state of Massachusetts. It has also been named by CNN Money as the 36th best place in the United States to live.
Framingham has 14 different public schools, as well as three colleges including a Framingham campus of the Massachusetts Bay Community College. Academic opportunities and activities like the Framingham Community Theatre and Butterworth Park help to make Framingham a pleasant place for its residents to call home.
Framingham is also a nice place for residents in part because it is one of a minority of towns in Massachusetts which meets requirements of having at least 10 percent of is housing considered to be affordable housing. Affordable housing is defined as housing which someone who earns 70 percent of median income can afford.
Affordable housing is especially important for seniors, who may be on a fixed income. In Framingham, 9.1 percent of households consist of a person aged 65 or up who lives alone. Many services are provided within Middlesex County to these seniors who live locally.
Seniors in Framingham
Framingham Seniors can benefit from assistance provided by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs explains that there are local offices called Councils on Aging providing aid to seniors within different cities throughout Massachusetts. The Framingham location is found at 535 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702. To reach this office via phone, you can call 508-532-5980. This Council on Aging coordinates services to the community and helps seniors to identify assistance that they require.
The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) is also available to provide medical and recreational help for seniors. PACE enriches the quality of life by providing opportunities for socialization. It also improves overall health through medical services. Eligible seniors can enroll in PACE at five locations throughout Middlesex County, including Elder Service Plan of Cambridge Health Alliance; Elder Service Plan of the East Boston/Neighborhood Health Center; Elder Service Plan of Harbor Health Services, Inc.; Element Care and Fallon Health- Summit ElderCare.
Understanding all of the different programs and benefits available to seniors can be a challenge. The Law Offices of James A. Miller will help you to find ways to benefit from services provided by your community throughout Framingham.
Courts in Framingham
The Law Offices of James A. Miller helps clients avoid the probate process, guardianship proceedings, and many other types of court actions in order to avoid legal stress at a time of great personal stress. There are, however, situations when action in court becomes imperative. If your loved one has died without an estate plan to make asset transfer possible outside probate, or if other issues arise that you require a probate court to address, we are ready to represent you.
Probate and estate matters, including guardianship proceedings, take place within local county probate courts. For those in Framingham, this means the correct court is the Middlesex Probate and Family Court. This court actually has two locations: one is at 208 Cambridge Street in Cambridge and the other is at 121 Third Street in Cambridge.
Both locations are accessible by bus, as well as by taking the green line to Lechmere Station. Once arriving at Lechmere station, the main courthouse on Cambridge Street is directly across the street at a diagonal. The Third Street probate court location is two blocks to the left of the main courthouse. Metered parking is also available, and there are flat-rate garages and open-air parking lots around the courthouse which charge an hourly rate.
Elder Law and Estate Planning in Framingham
Elder law attorneys help to keep clients out of court by assisting with the creation of a power of attorney, advanced directives, and living trusts so there is no need for guardianship proceedings. An elder law attorney also offers advice on other aspects of planning ahead for illness, including Medicaid planning and nursing home planning to afford nursing home care and select the right facility.
In addition to planning for incapacity, elder law attorneys also offer other assistance in planning for the future, such as retirement planning and legacy planning. With assistance from The Law Offices of James A. Miller, you can make certain that you have financial security during your golden years and that your loved ones will always be cared for and spared difficult decisions, even if something happens to you.
Getting Legal Help from a Framingham Attorney
The Law Offices of James A. Miller has a long history of offering estate planning and elder law services within Framingham and surrounding areas in Middlesex County. We know that addressing end-of-life and estate planning issues requires both knowledge and sensitivity since you are making some of the most difficult and personal decisions you will ever face.
We are committed to providing the representation you deserve, whether we are helping you during the probate process after a loved one has died or assisted you in making a secure retirement plan or legacy plan.
To find out more about the ways in which The Law Offices of James A. Miller can help with Framingham elder law and estate planning issues, give us a call at 508-799-8885 or contact us online today to speak with a member of our legal team.