Unsworth LaPlante provides legal representation to seniors and their families in Essex Junction. We also provide advice and guidance to young families and individuals of all ages as they determine how to build wealth and protect their future.
Whether you need help with retirement and tax planning, in the creation of a last will and testament, or in developing a comprehensive asset protection plan, our firm is here to be your guide. We represent clients in all phases of life and we have a strong reputation in Essex Junction and surrounding areas for helping clients to develop personalized plans that meet their needs. We also provide representation during the probate process to executors and heirs to help ensure the wishes of a deceased are respected. When you need an elder law and probate lawyer, give Unsworth LaPlante a call.
Serving Clients in Essex Junction, Vermont
Essex Junction is located within Chittenden County, Vermont and had a population of almost 10,000 as of the most recent 2010 census. Essex Junction has been incorporated as a village in Essex since 1892. It is served daily by Amtrak and the village operates its own school district, fire department, library, park system, and school system.
Essex Junction is the site of the Champlain Valley Expo, which hosts popular events each year including the Champlain Valley Fair. IBM also began its Data Processing Division in Essex Junction in 1958 and the Processing Division remains within Essex Junction to this day, providing employment for approximately 3,000 employees.
Essex Junction has warm or hot summers and has cold temperatures in the winters. The median age of people living in Essex Junction is 36-years-old Approximately 10 percent of the population is aged 65 or older. Unsworth LaPlante is focused on helping seniors and others who live in Essex Junction to create a comprehensive estate plan.
The Senior Citizen Community in Essex Junction
There are more than 30 options for nursing home care located near Essex Junction, according to A Place for Mom. Many people, as they age, become unable to live independently. Planning ahead is important to ensure that a temporary or permanent move to a nursing home does not destroy your financial stability.
Unsworth LaPlante has aided many clients in creating a Medicaid plan and in taking steps to structure ownership of assets so you can qualify for Medicaid more quickly. When you have met the means-testing requirements due to low income and few assets, you can get your nursing home care paid for by Medicaid so your nest egg remains in tact and you can leave a legacy for your family.
Unsworth LaPlante also assists with other issues important to the senior community in Essex Junction. This includes reviewing nursing home paperwork to find hidden arbitration clauses or other clauses that could affect your rights. It also means advocating for seniors to get the care and respect they need in every interaction with the legal system as they age.
Estate Planning and Elder Care Services in Essex Junction
Unsworth LaPlante is a full-service elder law and probate firm, so we provide advice and guidance on a wide variety of different matters affecting the elderly. Some of the different services that we provide to clients include:
- Creation of a will
- Probating a will
- Contesting a will
- Trust creation and trust administration
- Living wills / advanced healthcare directives
- Power of attorney
- Retirement planning
- Planning for young families
- Medicaid planning
Our attorneys are dedicated to providing the type of representation clients in Essex Junction need to help them secure their futures and protect their legacies.
Courts That Matter in Elder Law and Estate Planning
Creating an estate plan, including a will, trusts, and other legal documents, often involves going to your lawyer’s office but not to the court room. In some cases, however, you will need to go to court. When a loved one passes away, for example, the probate process takes place and a probate judge presides over the transfer of assets to heirs.
For those who are living within Essex Junction at the time of their death, the probate process occurs in the probate court located in Burlington Vermont. This is found at 175 Main Street, Burlington, VT 05402. All clients in Chittenden County can expect their probate proceedings to come before this court.
Avoiding probate can be possible with a comprehensive estate plan incorporating trusts, joint ownership, and other similar tools. Unsworth LaPlante can help you to try to create a plan that will keep your loved ones from needing to go to this Burlington Court. If probate will take place, however, and you need to serve as the executor or need to either defend or challenge a will, our firm is here and ready to represent you.
Getting Help With Elder Law in the Essex Junction
Attorneys at Unsworth LaPlante live and work in Essex Junction and have a strong reputation locally for providing knowledgeable legal advice in the field of elder law. The New England Super Lawyers Magazine has named Stephen Unsworth a 2018 Super Lawyer and Ellen LaPlante a Super Lawyers Rising Star because of the skillful legal services and dedication to clients that we offer. Not only are our attorneys members of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys, but founding partner Stephen Unsworth is also president of the Vermont chapter of this organization.
Our credentials are unparalleled and our reputation impeccable but we continue to work hard every day to give back to the community and to do even better for our clients. We offer estate planning seminars available to those in Essex Junction and surrounding areas who want to learn more about how to take control over their futures. We are also here and ready to offer personalized services to individuals and families who are ready to create a custom estate plan that meets their needs. To learn more and to speak with an elder law attorney in Essex Junction who can help you, give us a call now.