Interviewing and hiring the right Elder Law attorney to help you plan your future may seem like a difficult task at first. Ultimately, you are trusting your attorney to be your ally and represent your needs and desires. That’s no small task, and that’s why we encourage everyone to do some research before making the decision. As you interview prospective attorneys, here are some key questions you can ask to gauge whether they are the right choice for you.
Which Areas of Elder Law Do You Have Experience With?
Before you even get this far, you’ll want to confirm that your interviewee handles elder-specific issues. After that, you can narrow down your questioning to specific areas of elder law. You want to make sure your attorney has experience handling similar cases to yours, whether you need help protecting your assets before applying for Medicaid or creating a will.
Can You Tell Me About Your Background?
It’s worth taking the time to get some more background about your attorney. Where did they go to school? If they’ve worked with clients in a similar situation, what was the result? Feel free to check online reviews for some insight there was well. Doing so will help you ensure you are choosing a qualified attorney who can effectively represent you. After all, you want to select an attorney with experience dealing with a variety of cases who can help you get the best result possible.
Are You Familiar with Specific State Laws?
Laws vary between states, so you should choose an attorney who is familiar with your state’s laws specifically. For example, Medicaid is a federal program that is managed at the state level. That means there will be some subtle nuances in the guidelines and procedures from state to state. Be sure you choose an attorney that is familiar with these nuances to maximize your chances of a seamless experience!
Elder Law Long Island Can Help with All Your Legal Needs
We offer a complete range of long-term care, elder law, estate planning, Medicaid planning and asset protection services. Our goal is to prevent problems before they occur, and we work with hundreds of families to develop care options that work for their goals and budgets. For a free 15 minute consultation, contact us by calling (516) 274-9103 or visiting our website here.