Almost every homeowner has mistakenly attempted a do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement project and regretted it later (I have a long list of such projects). Trying to fix your own leaky sink may only compound the problem. When $8,000 a month for long term care expenses is on the line, it can be a very hard lesson to learn if you attempt by yourself to qualify for benefits to pay for in-home, assisted living or nursing home care.
Do-it-yourselfers often make the mistake of trying to navigate a complex system on their own because they assume an attorney will be too costly – as if the nursing home costs won’t be. The system unfortunately is not set up to make obtaining benefits easy. Those who choose DIY elder law may end up writing each month an $8,000 check to a nursing home until they qualify for Medicaid benefits. Hiring an elder law attorney is often much more cost effective in the long run.