Estate Planning Lawyer in Marlborough

In Marlborough, far too many people have not thought about what could happen if they get sick or pass away. These are unpleasant but essential things to consider. You cannot afford to be complacent about planning for your future financial security, nor about making sure your loved ones will always be provided for and spared difficult decisions about your medical care.

The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. helps you to take control and make a plan to protect both you and your loved ones in the event of incapacity, illness, or death. Give us a call to discover more about how our Marlborough, MA estate planning and elder law attorneys can assist you.

Life in Marlborough

Marlborough is a city of close to 40,000 people located in Middlesex County, MA. Marlborough was first created as a town in 1660, and this 22.2 square mile city on the eastern part of Massachusetts has a long and rich history.

Today, the Marlborough Center Historic District provides plenty to see for residents and visitors alike. Marlborough is also home to the New England Sports Center, and to the Solomon Pond Mall.   The median age of residents in Marlborough is 36 years old, and 8.3 percent of Marlborough households are made up of someone aged 65 or older who lives alone. Many of the seniors in Marlborough require special assistance or support as they age.

Seniors in Marlborough

Within Marlborough, seniors can take advantage of services provided to the aging. Massachusetts has an Executive Office of Elder Affairs which details where local offices of the Council on Aging can be found.  Each of the local Councils on Aging has been vested with responsibility for things like community advocacy for senior issues and coordination of resources and benefits for seniors. Within Marlborough, you can find a Council on Aging branch at 40 New Street, Marlborough, MA 01752. You can reach this agency at 508-485-6492.

Massachusetts also has a Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) which eligible seniors can enroll in.   PACE services are available at multiple locations in Middlesex County including:

PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid managed program that provides medical services, recreational and social opportunities, and wellness services to seniors.

These are just some of the many programs that seniors within Marlborough can choose to take advantage of as they get older and their needs change. Living life to the fullest as a senior is essential, which is why retirement planning is so important. The Law Offices of James A. Miller P.C. helps you to prepare to enjoy the highest possible quality of life in your golden years, and also helps you to find ways to address health issues and other problems that may arise for seniors.

Courts in Marlborough

One big reason why people engage in estate planning is so their personal affairs won’t end up before a probate court. If you have made an estate plan and an incapacity plan, your family won’t need to go to court for guardianship proceedings and may not even need to probate a will.  However, if no advanced plans are in place, a visit to a probate court may become necessary.

The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. can help if you have to go to probate court for any reason. For those who live in Marlborough, the court you would be visiting is the  Middlesex Probate and Family Court.  Our legal team has extensive experience representing clients in this court.

The Middlesex Probate and Family Court is located at two different locations: 208 Cambridge Street in Cambridge is the location of the main court and the satellite court is located at 121 Third Street in Cambridge.  You can take the green line to Lechmere Station to access both courts. The main Cambridge Street Court is at a diagonal right across from Lechmere Station and the satellite court can be found by walking two blocks to the left.

Elder Law and Estate Planning in Marlborough

The job of an elder law attorney is to help clients understand how to make sure their own future and their family’s future is protected. This means finding ways to avoid guardianship proceedings, including making an incapacity plan that addresses asset management through a living trust, advanced directive, and power of attorney.

This can also mean using trust creation to avoid the probate process or to transfer some assets more quickly, while also protecting assets from estate tax.  Addressing medical issues in advance using advanced directives can also be important for keeping families out of court and helping families to avoid painful decisions.

Elder law is about much more than just planning for incapacity, although that is an important issue. Our legal team also assists with asset protection, and with making a retirement plan that will allow you to enjoy your golden years.  You can learn how to use IRAs and other tax-advantaged retirement accounts so you won’t have to worry about money when you get older.

We also help you to plan to provide for your loved ones and charitable causes with a comprehensive estate plan including trusts, charitable foundations and charitable giving, and other tools that are part of a comprehensive estate plan.  Whatever your hopes and dreams are for your future, we assist you in defining and achieving your goals.

Getting Legal Help from a Marlborough Estate Planning Attorney

The Law Offices of James A. Miller, P.C. is a trusted elder law and estate planning firm that clients throughout Marlborough and surrounding areas have turned to for years. Our firm provides the type of comprehensive help you need when facing important life situations from retirement planning to incapacity planning to the probate process after a loved one’s death.

Our legal team knows Massachusetts law and can provide informed guidance, with compassion and understanding of the challenges you face as you plan for an uncertain future. Give us a call at 508-799-8885 or contact us online today to find out more about how a Marlborough elder law and estate planning firm can help you.