Attorneys charge differently, so you will have to ask. But most elder law attorneys have moved away from charging by the hour towards a flat-fee model that reflects both the amount of time and the expertise needed to complete the needed work. Medicaid planning and Medicaid applications consist of a mix of elements. The planning piece takes the expertise of an experienced elder law attorney, but may not take considerable time. The application can be time consuming, though most of the work can be completed by an experienced paralegal. My guess is that you will be looking at fees in the $10,000 range.