Yes, you need a lawyer you does trusts and estates. You need to start consulting immediately because once she is no longer competent, it may greatly complicate things.
From your question, it sounds like you are looking for someone to help with medicaid planning. You should consult an elder law attorney.
The above answer is not to be considered legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. You should consult your attorney for specific legal advice as to your individual situation.
We are called "Special Needs Trusts" attorneys and we assist those that may be disabled or may need to qualify for government assistance in their care. Is she on SSI or Medicare? Does she receive any state-funded assistance currently? Have you investigated any of the state-funded Assisted Living Waivers programs for her yet? Many Florida trusts and estates attorneys also have experience with special needs. That is the type of attorney you should be looking for. I don't know anyone personally in your area, but the Special Needs Alliance may have a special needs attorney in their network that is near you. The Florida Department of Elder Affairs can also be of assistance with programs that may benefit her. Good luck!
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I agree with my colleagues. You want to schedule a consultation with an Elder Law attorney.
The following link will help you preparing the initial consultation.
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An elder law attorney that handles special needs trust and medicaid cases can help you.
Many times all the assets can be protected and government benefits can be obtained.
Many Florida offices including ours offer free consults.
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