are there any laws governoring this type of situation? please advise
Estate Planning Attorney
It is possible to have a caregiver agreement - does this person have capacity? Depending on the situation the caregiver agreement can be done along with his estate planning. See a lawyer about the right way to set this up.
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Family caregiver situations, as you intuitively seem to understand, can raise many questions about undue influence and the like, concerning the infirmed. If your uncle has mental capacity, my law firm will actually travel to him, whether he is recovering in a hospital or rehab, to discuss these issues directly with him. If he the mental capacity to do so, he should sign an agreement to reimburse you and/or pay you for your caregiving service. However, if should not have capacity then whoever (if he directed it so prior, which I highly recommend) does have power to make these decisions, should acknowledge your services in writing accordingly in that capacity. If your uncle should die before either situation can take place then you can make a claim for the value of compensation against his estate, if probate is opened. However, without written acknowledgment on his part or his behalf through his appointed representative, you will likely have to take many more steps to have your claim deemed valid. Hope this helps and good luck!
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Elder Law Attorney
To be effective, personal care agreements generally need to be in writing and can only address future, not past, care. You uncle, or you if you are his attorney-in-fact under a valid POA, need to meet with an elder law attorney who is experienced in handling Medicaid. You can use the AVVO Find a Lawyer search tool to locate an elder law attorney in your area or go to the website of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys at www.naela.org.
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