Why choose us
Why You Should Hire an Elder Law Attorney Instead of a Non-Lawyer Medicaid Planning Company to Assist You.
Law Degree: Lawyers are required to have a college degree and a law degree; non-lawyers have no legal or other educational requirements.
Exam: Lawyers are required to pass a stringent admittance examination to attest to their competency of the law and a thorough character and fitness investigation before being admitted to practice law; non-lawyers have no such requirements.
Continuing Education Requirements: Lawyers are required to maintain current legal education and take ethics courses periodically; non-lawyers have no continuing education requirement.
Ethical Standards: Lawyers are subject to comprehensive and stringent ethical rules; non-lawyers have no written ethical standards.
License: Lawyers accused of ethical misbehavior are investigated by The Florida Bar which can lead to losing their license to practice law; non-lawyers are not professionally accountable to any authority although they can be investigated and prosecuted for engaging in the unlicensed practice of law.
Client Confidentiality: Lawyers are required to maintain client confidences; communications of confidential information with non-lawyers are not protected by attorney-client confidentiality.
Insurance: many lawyers maintain professional liability insurance which is available to pay potential claims made against an attorney; many non-lawyers cannot obtain professional insurance as they may not be considered to be a “professional” and therefore, it could be difficult to get your money back if they do not provide the services they promised.