Do I need a lawyer to apply for Medicaid?
Not always, but the general rule of thumb is that you should consult with a Connecticut elder law attorney who has experience in this area so that you can at least get the lay of the land and not spend more money than you have to at the nursing home.
Because of the many recent state and federal rule changes, consultation with an attorney experienced in elder law and public benefits is more advisable than ever before. In addition, seeing a lawyer ahead of time might reveal planning concerns and opportunities that you might not be aware of but that the lawyer could point out and advise you on.
A rough rule of thumb follows:
As soon as you suspect that your health is declining or that you might need to go to a nursing home or if you are already in one, you should contact a lawyer to investigate whether it is possible to protect assets for your spouse, children or other beneficiaries, if that is your desire.
The more assets you have, the more complicated the Medicaid application will be, and the more likely it is that a lawyer can help you to protect some of your money, if you wish, for your beneficiaries.
We strongly advise against using a non-lawyer for a Medicaid application - there is way too much at risk. Take a look at what they are here.