Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC is here to provide help to residents of Brentwood, NY and surrounding areas. Whether the assistance you require relates to estate planning issues like controlling your legacy or whether it relates to elder law issues like getting nursing home costs covered and making a retirement plan, our firm can offer you the advocacy and advice that you require.
Making smart choices when planning for your future is something that all Brentwood residents should prioritize. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC makes it easy for you to use legal tools to shape your destiny. Give us a call to find out about the ways in which we can help you. You can also feel free to learn more about the community of Brentwood, the programs available to seniors, and the ways in which our legal team can help you to interact within the hamlet of Brentwood.
Life in Brentwood
Brentwood, New York is considered to be a part of Suffolk County. It is a hamlet, which is located in the Town of Islip. As of the most recent census, there were more than 60,000 people living in the Hamlet.
The settlement of the area that is now Brentwood dates back to 1844, when Brentwood formed around two railroad stations that were created to expand the Long Island Rail Road’s mainline. The two stations which prompted the creation of Brentwood were called Thompson Station and Suffolk station.
The Hamlet transformed into a utopian community called Modern Times in March of 1851, but its name was changed to Brentwood in 1864. The hamlet got its name from Brentwood, Essex in England. Brentwood’s utopian community was founded on the belief in modern sovereignty, and all land in the county was private property during the Hamlet’s early years, with the maximum allowable size for sold lots in the county set at three acres. The Hamlet actually had its own private currency and residents were encouraged to pursue their own self interests. Of course, the county eventually evolved from these utopian ideals and the plans for the creation of the utopian community were ended due to resident disputes and other factors.
Senior Activities in Brentwood
Because Brentwood is part of Suffolk County, New York, seniors can find out about many of the benefits, programs and activities available to them by visiting the website of the Suffolk County Office for the Aging Program. Seniors who visit this site can learn about many different programs and services that could be provided within their communities. These services are often free or low-cost for seniors who are on a fixed income. Examples can include transportation services and nutritional programs to help seniors obtain healthy meals.
Seniors can also visit the Brentwood Senior Center, which is located at 16 Second Avenue in Brentwood, NY 11717. The telephone number for the senior center, according to the Town of Islip, is 631-436-6072. The Center is one of six located in different hamlets within the Town of Islip. Each of the different senior centers, including the one in Brentwood, provides services to people who are at least 60-years old. The centers offer recreational services, social connections and educational programs.
The Town of Islip also provides details on 17 senior clubs that seniors can take part in, which seniors can learn about by calling 631-436-6072. For seniors who are in need of nutrition support services, including congregate meals and home-delivered meals, information is also made available on the town’s website. Seniors can contact 631-595-3510 in order to find out more about nutrition programs that serve the area. Seniors can receive a total of five meals from both programs, and meals are free but the town suggests a voluntary donation of $2 per meal for those seniors who are able to afford to make a donation.
Courts in Bentwood
If your loved one has passed on, it may become necessary for you to go to court to move through the probate process. The probate process is the formal process required to facilitate the transfer of money and property after a person has passed away. When a person has become incapacitated but is still alive, then someone must act on that person’s behalf. Guardianship proceedings are the process by which a person is declared incapacitated and an appropriate court-appointed guardian is selected.
Probate courts handle issues related to guardianship, probating a will, and winding up the estate under intestacy law if the deceased did not provide instructions in a last will and testament or did not otherwise make an estate plan.
Any court proceedings that must take place in Brentwood related to guardianship and estates should take place in the Suffolk County Court. The website for NY Courts has information on where the court serving Suffolk County is located. The court serving Brentwood is found at the Surrogate Court for Suffolk County. This Supreme Court is located at 320 Center Drive in Riverhead, NY 11901. Those who have questions or who may have business before the court can also contact the Suffolk County Surrogate Court at 631-852-1713.
Becoming involved in a court proceeding can be complicated and there is often a lot at stake. Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC is here to provide you with representation. We represent individuals seeking guardianship, as well as heirs or beneficiaries during probate, the executor of an estate during probate, and anyone who wishes to contest a will.
We can also provide representation during the incapacity planning or estate planning processes, which could make it possible to avoid court proceedings by transferring assets outside of probate and by using a power of attorney to ensure that a trusted person is put in charge of assets and decision-making in the event of serious illness or injury.
Getting Help from a Brentwood Elder Law and Estate Planning Attorney
A Brentwood elder law and estate planning attorney at Mark S. Eghrari & Associates PLLC can provide you with help if you live in Brentwood. We not only assist you in avoiding probate court or in resolving legal matters in probate court, but we also help with a wide variety of other elder law, avoid probate and financial planning issues. To find out more about the services we offer, join us for a free seminar. You can also give us a call at (631) 265-0599 or contact us online to get personalized help.