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Finding a lawyer in your local area that specializes in the area of assisting caregivers manage a family member's affairs may best be done by a word of mouth referral. There are many areas of concern including the management of assets, future healthcare decisions, benefit planning, both private and public and litigation.
Another way to get a good referral is by finding people in similar situations as what you're facing and asking for referrals of knowledgeable attorneys in your local area. Support groups and local area agencies on aging or senior legal advisors may be another source for referral. Yet another way of finding a lawyer in your local area is through a referral service.
The local bar association in your community may have a committee or panel which refers inquirers to lawyers in various specialties. Be sure whomever you are referred to gives you his/her qualifications and references.
Also be sure to compare rates and fees. Because laws vary from state to state, it is important to find a lawyer who is familiar with the laws in your particular area or the area in which you will potentially be filing documents. Most attorneys have one or two areas of expertise.
Attorneys handling cases for planning long-term care should be familiar with the laws on Medicaid/Medicare; Social Security; trusts, conservatorships, power of attorney, tax planning and housing and healthcare contracts.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|