Applying for Medicaid has two distinct but equally important aspects. The first is the creation of the strategy itself so that the individual is Medicaid Eligible (recall the two financial requirements). The second is the application process itself. The application process can take up to two years for approval, if not done by a specialist. Most attorneys simply give the strategies to the families and tell them to apply through the Aging Disability Resource Center (a non profit organization), or have them apply themselves on line. Some attorneys actually have a paralegal in their office who has been trained in a limited capacity to apply for Medicaid.
We have taken this very disjointed approach and have turned it on its head. Attorney Yoni Markhoff sits on the Executive Board of the Miami Alliance for Aging, the non-profit organization responsible for Medicaid Applications in Monroe and Miami Dade. The typical approval time is about 2 years for Medicaid. Our clients average half that time, because of our expertise in this area.
When you call us, we answer the phones directly. This is very unique in the law field. Typically a client will have to go through a receptionist and or a paralegal before being able to speak with the attorney directly. We believe that we owe it to our clients to be accessible for their needs.