When you have a loved one who is expected to need nursing home care, seeing an attorney to assist with Medicaid can help you avoid costly mistakes. There are many commonly held beliefs and myths associated with nursing home care and Medicaid. Relying on advice from friends, nursing homes or Medicaid employees is a mistake. The Medicaid application is a complex financial and medical qualification process. Even applying for Medicaid a day too soon can result in disqualification of Medicaid benefits! You should seek advice and counsel from an elder law attorney.