Elder law is a relatively new legal focus, and it can encompass a wide range of health and financial matters for senior clients. The key to finding the right elder law attorney for you is not just to ensure that he or she has the required qualifications, but also the experience and focus to protect your best interests.
Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Elder Law Attorney
There is no single definition or set of requirements that an attorney must meet to be classified as an elder lawyer. Some attorneys may focus on the estate planning aspects (such as creating wills, powers of attorney, and trusts), some may offer help with healthcare concerns (such as Medicaid planning and advanced directives), and some are dedicated to resolving all elder law matters.
Before you meet with an elder law attorney, you should make a list of questions to address the problems you are facing now and any concerns you have about the future. An experienced elder lawyer should have no trouble fielding questions such as:
- Are you licensed to practice elder law in New York?
- How long have you been practicing this form of law?
- What portion of your practice is dedicated to elder law matters?
- Does your office handle Medicaid applications regularly? How many per month?
- Where did you attend law school? How do you engage in continuing education to stay up-to-date with the latest legal developments?
- Do you belong to any organizations that provide help specifically to seniors?
- Will you handle my case, or will it be assigned to another lawyer?
- Do you charge a flat fee or an hourly rate for your services?
At Landskind & Ricaforte Law Group, P.C., our life care planning services take a practical approach to difficult problems, allowing you and your loved ones to make decisions with confidence and enjoy peace of mind. If you have questions about your future, fill out our quick contact form or call us to learn how we can help you with a custom-made estate plan.