10 Questions to Ask Before Engaging an Elder Law Attorney
Before you engage a Connecticut elder law attorney to help you, here are ten questions to help you determine whether or not an attorney is qualified to help you and your family with long term care issues and Medicaid planning.
Ideally, all the questions should be answered “yes.”
- Are there at least 2 attorneys in the law firm who focus on long term care/Medicaid planning?
- Have attorneys in the firm been engaged in long term care planning for at least 10 years?
- Are attorneys in the firm members of the Elder Law Section of the Connecticut Attorney’s Bar Association?
- Are attorneys in the firm members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)?
- Are attorneys in the firm either Certified Estate Planning Law Specialists or Certified Elder Law Attorneys (CELA)?
- Does the firm handle at least five Medicaid planning cases per month?
- Have attorneys in the firm completed Medicaid applications?
- Is there a CPA in the firm who can fully understand the income, gift and estate tax implications of long-term care and Medicaid planning?
- Do the attorneys in the firm regularly attend seminars on long term care issues?
- Will there be a back-up paralegal that is familiar with Medicaid/long-term care planning and will be familiar with your situation in case the attorney is not immediately available?
With the exorbitant costs of home care and nursing home care, particularly in Connecticut, planning ahead could have a significant impact on your family’s financial future. Be sure to engage a qualified elder law attorney. And by the way, all of our answers to the questions above are YES!
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