Senior Citizen's Guide to Metro Detroit

10 Say You Saw It in the Senior Citizen’s Guide to Metro Detroit are up-to-date on the latest developments. • Review Articles Published and Speaking Engagements. While day-to-day experience crafting and implementing Medicaid planning techniques is very important, it is also important to look for an attorney who has published articles and demonstrates expertise in this area of practice, including those who speak at conferences and seminars. Drafting and publishing articles and presenting at continuing education events where the attorney is presenting to other attorneys in the area of elder law demonstrates a level of commitment and expertise which is essential when looking for the right attorney to handle a complex elder law case. • Focus on Value over Price. There are many different strategies to utilize to qualify an individual for Medicaid. An excellent elder law attorney will be able to offer different options as well as the pros and cons to each versus a one-size-fits all approach. Some plans that appear complex and costly may render the most benefit. This is especially true where married couples are involved. Shopping based solely on price is not a fair indication of the value of the services or the benefit to the family. Some attorneys charge a flat rate that may at first seem high, but usually a plan takes many months to come to completion, versus an hourly fee that has no limit. Make sure you carefully review the retainer agreement. • Ask if the Attorney has ever defended a plan. The state Medicaid agency will sometimes change their policies or procedures without notice. When considering which attorney is the right fit for you and your family, ask if the attorney has defended a plan when they run into these types of roadblocks and their success rate. Editorial provided by Michele P. Fuller and Elizabeth Vincent of the Michigan Law Center, PLLC, www.MichiganLawCenter.com .

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