Seeing a lawyer before a Medicaid application is filed will help in pinpointing problems that can potentially cause a delay in eligibility. Once issues are identified, a lawyer can also help in resolving them to either make them go away completely or, at least, to minimize them. If potential problems are addressed before the Medicaid application is filed, the application process will run much more smoothly and much more effectively.
In this Elder Law Minute video, part of the Medicaid Application Process series, Wes Coulson, Illinois Elder Law attorney, discusses the importance of seeing a lawyer before filing a Medicaid application.
See a Lawyer First: Potential problems can be addressed before a Medicaid application is filed
Hi, I’m Wes Coulson and this is your Elder Law Minute. This is another of our series on the Medicaid Application Process. Today I want to talk to you about timing issues in seeing a lawyer.
Occasionally we will have people who come to us after they’ve started the Medicaid application process, realizing how horribly difficult it is and want help. We’ll still help, but that’s unfortunate. You want to talk to the lawyer before you start the application process. Part of that process involves seeing if there’s anything out there that is going to cause a delay in eligibility from the time of application. Simply put, if we can look through things before the application is filed, in pretty much every case we can do something to address those problems, either make them go away or minimize them. But, we have to do that before the application is filed. Thanks.
For more about Medicaid and the application process, visit these articles:
- How to Choose the Right Elder Law Attorney
- What you don’t know can hurt you: Understanding the Medicaid application process
- Understanding the Medicaid “Look-Back” and “Transfer Penalty” Rules
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