Why should I use an elder law attorney to help me apply for Medicaid benefits?
An elder law attorney that does Medicaid planning understands the ramifications of not properly planning for Medicaid. When you apply for Medicaid, there are many things that you have to be aware of, like income, and assets, and transfers within the last 5 years. During that past 5 years, if in fact you have assets that you’ve transferred, sometimes it’s required to take those assets back, or sometimes you can live out that particular penalty period through planning for that and having assets available to pay for nursing home care. An elder law attorney can assist in that planning, and only an attorney can assist in the legal documents that are required to plan for Medicaid.