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How Do I Find a Great Elder Law Attorney?

How Do I Find a Great Elder Law Attorney
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Did you know someone who is 65 today has a 70 percent chance of needing long-care treatment in the future? Even seniors who have saved up for their waning years can find it a challenge to pay for nursing home costs, especially when relying only on Medicare coverage.

Zobuz’s recent article entitled “4 Tips for Hiring a Lawyer to Help with Medicaid Planning,” says you may need to turn to an attorney who can help you with Medicaid planning.

Here are some factors in choosing the best elder law attorney:

Referrals and Recommendations. Look for an elder law attorney in the National Elder Law Foundation or the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys database. You can also ask local agencies who work with seniors, such as the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, and hospitals and nursing home social workers.

Experience. Elder law attorneys specialize in legal and financial issues that affect seniors. This specialty includes areas such as estate planning and Medicaid planning. Look for an elder law attorney who’s been successful in Medicaid planning.

Fees. Be sure that you understand how fees are structured. You should get a client engagement letter that outlines the services they will provide and the fees they charge.

Customer Service. Dealing with Medicaid planning is a process that takes time. You need an elder law attorney you can contact when you have questions.

A Few Other Thoughts…

Meet the elder law attorney in person for a consultation. This meeting will help you get a sense of their personality.

Look for a lawyer who will speak to you in a way you can understand and clarify points as needed.

Remember: if you don’t feel at ease with the attorney, look elsewhere.

Selecting a qualified lawyer to help you with Medicaid planning and other medical insurance concerns will secure your future care.

Please don’t risk your financial security or your family’s financial security by waiting until it is too late.

Reference: Zobuz (April 22, 2022) “4 Tips for Hiring a Lawyer to Help with Medicaid Planning”