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The one that I used for our will gave me good advice on Florida laws. Her price for filling the forms and changing our wills is $3500 dollars. Is this about average. My husband made it home from rehab this time but I would like to have my ducks in a row. My assets are where they should be and there is no surprises on the 5 year plan. I just want everything to go smoothly when the time comes.

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More detail would be needed on what specifically the attorney wouldl be doing if anything more than preparing a Codicil to one or 2 Wills as well as the Medicaid forms, especially how extensive your holdings are, and how much data would be necessary to review.

The other issue is whether this is a flat fee retainer, or a retainer on advance for legal works with a refund to be made if the actual costs prove to be less than the estimate.

The best thing you can do is contact other attorneys in that area, as prices do vary by location, and get quotes for comparable work.

Given that Florida is a haven for Snowbirds and retirees, I would expect the local attorneys would be competitive. If you lived in DC or NY, though, you'd pay a lot more for comparable work.
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Hi there, I'm not sure if this information will help you. I'm in central Florida. My mother is in memory care and we are on our last few months of private pay. I spoke with the finance person there (not an attorney of course). Since our funds are limited, and if you feel that you can handle the paperwork, it was suggested to us, that if we have to pay for an attorney, that the money is best spent if we would have to file an appeal. (I'm hoping to be able to do it myself. I was able to file all of the paperwork for her VA Aid and Attendance, file an appeal, and get her the full amount..it didn't cost us anything). I know the guidelines of Medicaid are more strict, but it sounds like you have a handle on knowing your finances. You appear to be computer literate and you can get the Medicaid ball rolling online. Good Luck!!! Let us know what happens. I may end up being a complete fool for walking in the Medicaid Parade alone, but I'm going to attempt it. I took over my mother's finances in 2012, so I know where everything is, and the majority of what has to be done, prepaid, etc. Maybe you can luck into a free consultation, and that will give you some insight on the demand and paperwork involved.
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No idea if this is reasonable. Bumping it to the top to see if there are any folks with experience in this area.
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