What Every Lawyer Should Know About Public Benefits – Guidance for attorneys when dealing with public benefits issues that they encounter in other areas of practice.
Public benefits issues can arise in all areas of law. As an elder law attorney, you may need to understand how your client’s estate plan will affect eligibility for long-term care Medicaid. As a family law attorney, you may need to understand how a divorce will affect your client’s (or your client’s ex-spouse’s) eligibility for public benefits. As an immigration attorney, you may need to understand how your client’s status affects eligibility for various public benefits. These are just a few examples of how public benefits issues come up in the everyday practice of law.
The Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct require attorneys to represent clients competently (C.R.P.C. 1.1). An understanding of public benefits law will help you to advise and represent clients competently when public benefits issues arise.
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