When considering if you or a family member need to hire an elder law attorney, consider this – elder law issues are extremely complex and state-law specific, so choosing the right attorney can make all the difference. At Procino-Wells & Woodland, LLC, we focus exclusively on legal matters affecting older and disabled individuals, including issues related to estate planning, asset protection planning for long term care, achieving eligibility for Medicaid and VA benefits, special needs planning, guardianships, and estate and trust administration. As you transition through various stages in life, your legal needs will also change. We are prepared to transition our services to meet those needs by maintaining a relationship with you and your family.
Whether you hire us or another experienced elder law firm, what we want most for our neighbors is that they receive clear and comprehensive advice, as early as possible. Sometimes it can be hard to know what to ask your attorney to determine whether he or she has the knowledge and understanding that you are seeking. Consider asking your attorney the below-listed questions. If he or she cannot confidently and quickly answer these questions, you may want to keep searching.
Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Elder Law Attorney
- Does your firm focus only on this area of the law?
- Are you a solo practice or do you have a team of professionals working on my case? What steps/process will I follow? Who will be my point of contact?
- Do you offer educational events in my local community?
- What steps do you take to remain up-to-date on current state and federal law, and Medicaid rules?
- What kinds of planning strategies do you use to shelter assets from the costs of long term care?
- What protections are offered to the healthy spouse?
- What is the likely outcome of my case based on the facts I have shared with you?
- Does the pricing I have been quoted include the alignment of my assets with my Trust?
- What is your success rate of avoiding probate when a client passes away?
- Do you offer a program to take care of me and my family as my life and the laws change or is our relationship over as soon as my documents are signed?