What are ten questions for an elder care attorney?


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According to Care.com, questions to ask an elder care attorney include those on subjects on when to plan for managing an elderly parent's affairs, how to begin such a conversation with an elderly parent and how to address the subject without making a parent feel defensive. The difficult conversation with an elder attorney is important when the parent shows signs he can no longer manage his own affairs.

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Robynne Boyd from HowStuffWorks suggests asking whether an elder care attorney is really necessary in a given situation. Also ask whether a specific attorney is certified with the National Elder Law Foundation and whether the law practice has a specialization. An elder care attorney typically helps with a client's taxes, trusts, wills and long-term health care plans.

The Connecticut Estate Planning Attorneys Blog also suggests questioning whether a specific legal firm is the right one when dealing specifically with a situation involving Medicaid. Questions to help determine this include whether the firm includes attorneys who specialize in long-term planning and Medicaid, the firm's experience with Medicaid, whether the attorneys are members of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and if the firm includes a CPA to help plan for estate tax, gift tax and income aspects.

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