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The questions you need to ask are about how to organise her finances and your own finances so that you are spending her money on her needs. How to document the bills and keep your records for a future Medicaid claim, whether your Power of Attorney allows you to access her money now while she is still competent, and/or whether you open a separate account of your own for her needs, to make small payments easier for you. Ask about ‘Miller Trusts’ (which I don’t understand). If you think it will be more than five years until your mother will be claiming Medicaid, you could ask how she can make gifts immediately that will be outside the ‘look back’ period.

While you are there, check the other documents that might be useful in the future, including POA, HIPPA, end of life, etc. They have to be signed while your mother is still competent – there is no point in waiting until they are needed but she no longer has the legal capacity to sign. Remember to have a method for appointing a replacements in case for some reason you are not available when the time comes for any of the documents to be needed. Check everyone else’s suggestions, too!
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It is for my mom 89 I need to know if it is ok to take out if her money for her living expenses foot etc and if I could pay a family member to help a couple hours each day to help with shower and she has a colonospy that has to be irrigated each day I have the poa financial and medical just don’t want to do anything that
might effect Medicaid if one day she needs it
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While most Elder Law attorneys may be able to provide the basic documents, I'd also consider:

If there is any chance that you or your spouse or parent will need long term care and a need for Medicaid, I'd inquire before hand if this attorney is well versed if the law in your state on qualifications and estate planning with Medicaid in mind. Not all Elder Law attorneys know much about it.

I'd inquire if they handle Trusts and if they can advise you on the benefits and if it would be advisable for your situation. Not all attorneys handle or prepare Trusts.

If you suspect that there is a chance that you will need to file for Guardianship for a family member who is not able to manage their own affairs, I'd inquire if they have experience in litigation of that sort, since, not all attorneys do that type of thing.
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Why are you going? Is it the paperwork (will, POA, HIPPA, end of life etc)? Is it about spend down for Medicaid? Is it to check agreements with institutions? More information would help.
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Linda
how would we know?
You haven’t given us any information! You posted under Alzheimer’s. Is this for your parents?Yourself?
if you are going for yourself, then perhaps you need a DPOA, a will, a living will?!
The standard legal documents that enable another person of your choice to make decisions for you when you are no longer able.
give us more info for a better answer.
Make sure the attorney has experience and certification in the area you need help in.
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