Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 11

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The types of benefits an elder law attorney should
be skilled in working with are Medicare, Medicaid and
potentially veteran’s benefits. You should also look
for an attorney who has experience with both in-
home services (such as Medicaid Waiver services and
PACE) as well as long-term care placements in nursing
homes and assisted living facilities. A skilled elder law
attorney will be able to help you communicate with
and advocate on your behalf with the nursing home in
which you are placing your family member.
• Exclusive and Primary Focus on Elder Law.
Ask the attorney what percentage of their practice
is devoted to elder law. Look for an attorney whose
primary focus is in the area of elder law in order to
receive the best possible options for you and your
family. This is a complex area of law that changes
constantly. Make sure that the attorney that you work
with is involved in organizations in which they can
participate in continuing education to ensure that they
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