Finding the right Indiana elder law attorney to legally protect assets if care is needed at home, assisted living, or nursing home is crucial to ensuring your or your loved one’s financial interests are protected while navigating the complexities of this area of law.
Here are five tips to help you find the right attorney:
- Specialization in Elder Law:
Look for an attorney who specializes specifically in elder law and Medicaid planning. These attorneys have extensive experience in dealing with the unique legal and financial issues faced by seniors and their families. Ask about their expertise and how many cases they have handled in this area. Also, how many support staff are dedicated to this part of their practice.
2. Local Expertise and Knowledge:
Choose an attorney who is familiar with the Indiana regulations and rules. Make sure that your attorney is well-versed in the intricacies of the Indiana Medicaid program.
3. Reputation and References:
Seek recommendations from friends, family members, or other professionals who have experience with elder law attorneys. Online reviews and testimonials can also provide insights into an attorney’s reputation and track record. Ask for references from past clients to gauge their satisfaction with the attorney’s services.
4. Initial Consultation and Communication:
Schedule an initial consultation to discuss the details of your case. This meeting is an opportunity to assess their communication style, responsiveness, and willingness to answer your questions. Pay attention to how well they explain complex legal concepts in a way that you can understand.
5. Fee Structure and Transparency:
Understand the attorney’s fee structure upfront. Some elder law attorneys charge by the hour plus expenses, while others offer flat fees (refund for any unearned fees). Make sure you are comfortable with the attorney’s fees and that they provide transparency about billing and costs associated with your case.
Bonus Tip: During the initial consultation, ask about their approach to Medicaid planning and their strategies for protecting your assets and ensuring Medicaid eligibility. An attorney who can clearly explain their methods and tailor their approach to your unique circumstances is a good sign.
Glenn A. Deig is a Certified Elder Law Attorney with the National Elder Law Foundation. He and his asset protection team have assisted Indiana clients with asset protection for decades. Call or text 812–423-1500 to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case.