There is no requirement that you retain an attorney to prepare your Medicaid application. However, most people find that completing the application is a daunting and confusing task. When you prepare your own application, you risk doing it incorrectly, and making errors that may ultimately compromise or delay your eligibility for benefits. When an experienced Elder Law firm handles your application, you can be confident that it will be approved, and you’ll save yourself a lot of aggravation in the process. Also, before filing your Medicaid application, your attorney will have protected your assets and income to the extent legally permissible, and have put you and your family in the best possible position going forward.
You may see advertisements or solicitations from independent paralegals, social workers, or geriatric care managers, that they can handle your Medicaid application for a lower fee than a law firm would charge. However, none of them are qualified to give you legal advice about the steps you can properly take to obtain Medicaid eligibility, or about how you can protect your assets or income at the same time.
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