Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates provides representation to clients in Watertown, Connecticut. Our firm is a Watertown elder law and estate planning firm, which means we provide a full array of different types of advice and support related to planning for your future. What many people do not realize is that it is not just seniors who need to think about incapacity, illness, nursing home care, or what will happen after their death. No one has any guarantees in life, so it is always important to put plans in place to protect yourself and your family for as long as possible.
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates is here and ready to help with all of the legal issues that matter to you when thinking about what happens as you age or if you get sick, hurt, or pass away. Elder law and estate planning attorneys also provide more services than many people realize, including help making retirement plans or protecting assets. You should give us a call if you live in Watertown to find out all about the assistance our firm can offer you and the ways in which we can help you to make effective use of legal tools to achieve your personal goals.
Life in Watertown, CT
Watertown is a town in Litchfield County, CT. As of the most recent census, Watertown had a population of just over 22,500 people. The urban center for Watertown is a census designated place, and the CDP’s population tops 3,500. Watertown is close to Middlebury, Woodbury, and Litchfield, among others. It was first founded back in 1657 although it was originally known as Mattatock before the town’s name was changed as part of some changes that occurred in the 1690’s that adjusted the amount of land in the town and made other modifications.
Watertown is well known for being the location of a prestigious boarding school called Taft. There is also a historical society in Watertown that tourists and locals alike can visit to learn more about the area.
Senior Services in Watertown, CT
For seniors in Watertown, challenges often arise during the aging process. Seniors could get sick or hurt or they could simply became unable to live alone because their age has made it impossible for them to do routine activities of daily living. Even seniors who are capable of getting around and doing most tasks on their own may still suffer from issues such as disconnection, isolation and loneliness once they have left the workforce.
Fortunately, there are plenty of services seniors can take advantage of to help them stay connected and even to make it possible to live alone for longer. To find out about some services seniors can make use of, check out a few key resources:
- Falls Avenue Community Center and Senior Services: This site provides details on the senior center that most Watertown, CT residents are likely to take advantage of if they are interested in becoming a part of a center. The Falls Avenue Community Center is located at 311 Falls Avenue in Oakville, CT 06779. The hours for the center are 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on Monday through Friday. Seniors can go to this center to take part in activities and maintain social connections.
- Aging services: This website prepared by the Department of Rehabilitation Services state Unit on Aging offers information on what programs are offered to older Watertown residents. Some of these programs include managing short-term care; facilitating care transitions; helping seniors to submit benefits applications; offering support for medical decision-making, and more.
If these programs and services aren’t sufficient to meet your care needs, you might need to pay for a nursing home or for a long-term care healthcare worker to come to your home. While you may believe Medicare will cover these types of services, it likely will not provide coverage since Medicare limits nursing home care or home healthcare to skilled nursing care only. Medicaid covers costs of routine care that most people need in a nursing home or provided at home, but it’s means tested so you could be disqualified from coverage until your wealth has been spent unless you’ve made an asset protection plan with help from an elder law attorney at Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates.
Probate Court in Watertown, CT
Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates helps with other important and sensitive issues besides just asset protection or helping seniors get benefits. For example, we help to create an estate plan that allows your assets to pass outside of the probate process, which can save time, money, and stress for heirs or beneficiaries. We can also provide help making an incapacity plan so your loved ones will not have to go to court to get a guardian or conservator named if you become incapacitated.
Since many people don’t have an estate plan that incorporates probate avoidance or fail to put an incapacity plan in place, it is very common for people to need to go to probate court. We can represent you if this happens to you. We represent an executor of an estate, heirs or beneficiaries, those who are contesting a will and others involved in probate.
Knowing the correct probate court where proceedings will take place is part of he process. Watertown, Connecticut is located in Litchfield County, which means that those who need to go to probate court are going to be going to courts within the within the Litchfield Hills Probate District. This is in District 24, and as the website explains, the Litchfield Hills Probate Court presides over estate administration, trust and estate matters, and guardian or conservator proceedings.
Getting Help from Watertown Estate Planning and Elder Law Attorneys
Watertown estate planning an elder law attorneys at Nirenstein, Horowitz & Associates can help you with all of the steps you need to take to be as prepared as possible for the future. To find out more about the help we can offer you, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at 860-548-1000 or contact us online to learn more.