That’s an excellent question. You should receive at least three benefits from hiring an elder law attorney: First, an explanation of how the rules work regarding Medicaid eligibility, the planning options available to your mother, and the process of being admitted to the facility and applying for benefits. Second, based on these rules and options and your mother’s situation, the attorney should assist you in developing the best possible strategy for her. Third, the attorney and the attorney's staff should assist in you in implementing the plan, whether that involves preparing estate planning documents, filing the Medicaid application, or helping to consolidate and close financial accounts. To find an attorney near you, go here: http://www.elderlawanswers.com/elder-law-attorney.