Dad died yesterday ago was in nursing home medicaid at the end. Now someone left him money that is now coming t o me will medicaid take the money
The State has a priority claim against the estates of decedents to the extent of the state's payment for nursing home services under Medicaid and for certain other programs. If someone passed away before your dad leaving your dad an inheritance, or if that person passed away after your father but left a gift that was valid even if your father died first, that inheritance would become part of your father's estate, and could be tapped into to fully reimburse the State. If the gift automatically goes to you under the other person's estate because your father died, it's no longer his inheritance, and the state can't come after you personally for it.See question
Hello - When my mom entered an SNF, she was assigned a staff physician because her APRN didn't have jurisdiction there because she worked for a Community Health Center. I am dissatisfied with the care (or lack thereof) that the staff physician ha...
APRNs can serve be a treater for anyone provided that they are licensed in that state and are consulting with a supervising Medical Doctor on the plan of care for each patient; there are no other "jurisdictional" requirements. Nursing home residents have an absolute right under federal law to have any provider they choose (including a properly licensed and supervised APRN) serve as their physician. It is often difficult to find someone other than the facility’s regulars who is willing to do site visits and accept Medicaid patients, but if the facility is trying to prevent you from using a willing APRN they are breaking the law. If you feel like you need backup in resolving this issue, you can contact the Office of the Long-Term Care Ombudsman for support and mediation, free of charge.See question
step father put in nursing care long term , gave me a house 10 years ago . it was his primary residence before going into facility . House been in my family for 52 years . I ve lived in it for 9 years . I am the poa for him and owner of house . ye...
It sounds like you may be mistaken as to your ownership...if MassHealth were to lien a property in which your step-father had no ownership interest, it is called a slander to title and could be fought outside of his benefits process. You would just need to provide the deed showing it's no longer in his name, which should have been recorded in the land records, and if it wasn't you should record IMMEDIATELY.See question
My father was in the nursing home and the lawyer had him and me sign some papers so he could get Medicare. That's what she said. After he passed I found a part of the trust that said I. Have up to six months to buy the house. She never disclosed t...
A lawyer's ethical obligation to an impaired client is to do whatever is in the client's best interests consistent with the client's wishes, to the extent the client can understand them. The lawyer has no obligations with respect to the beneficiaries or the future administration of the trust after being hired to create it, so it is not fraudulent and would be very hard to make any sort of case.
Your issue, if any, is with the trustee of the trust. However, the Trustee's only duty of disclosure is any accountings ordered by the trust and otherwise to provide trust documents *after a beneficiary has requested them.* The trustee's action might have violated the trust's terms, but if s/he wasn't actively concealing the trust from you against your wishes, and you made no effort to reach out and attempt a purchase on your own, the court could still hold the premature sale to be a harmless error. Additionally, if the sale was part of a liquidation to repay medicaid benefits, which might be the case, then there may be other superceding factors.See question
I have established a trust for my daughter. My brother is Trustee. If I as donor, make a contribution to the trust, the trustee is supposed to notify the beneficiary of right of withdrawal. The beneficiary in this case is a minor so the notice ...
The notification should still be made in writing for recordkeeping purposes. All you need is a model form and change the date and amount each year; hardly takes any effort.See question
I own a property in the UK and want to give power of attorney to a family member to deal with its sale. How do I do this?
Yes, with a few caveats.
First, the POA should spell out the authorities of the agent in plain English, rather than relying on any state-authorized short form or statutory references.
Second, the POA must be acknowledged before a Notary Public or Town Clerk, even if not required by state law, and must then be forwarded to the Secretary of the State/Commonwealth in which the document was executed for the attachment of a certification called an APOSTILLE, which confirms that that individual is an officer of the state and properly acknowledged the document. An English language document with acknowledgement and apostille will be recognized without anything more by any English-speaking country that subscribes to the Hague Convention, which the UK does.See question
He hates it where he is (Trinity Hill care center). It's a horrible place. They don't give him a proper meal for a diabetic. His blood sugar was 416 the other day. I'm worried about him! He is the last brother I have. He is on SSI and is poo...
You can help him to apply elsewhere, or apply yourself if you have some legal authority over him, particularly if he's still receiving rehabilitation services under medicare. No facility will accept him if there is no insurance reimbursement and he is not getting or well into the application for nursing home Medicaid; they can but like all businesses they are cautious to make sure he gets paid.
If he is diagnosed diabetic he should be on a no sugar added diet, and you can directly contact the facility's staff nutritionist or head nurse for his floor to make sure that is happening. As a technical matter, they are only going to change his diet if there is an order from a doctor to do so, and perhaps this is the issue you are dealing with right now.See question
My husband had a will before we married that left the house to step kids. We have been married 5 years but he wont put me on mortgage due to bad 1st marriage so he said i woyld get the house but friends say the will is leagal and the kids would ge...
In short, if he re-deeded the house to make you a joint tenant in survivorship, then the house is yours, but it's still subject to the debt. If not, the house will pass or be disposed of through probate.
Under probate rules, a will is superceded, in part, to provide an inheritance to a spouse who was married after the will was drafted, unless the will was drafted in contemplation of the marriage or specifically provides for the spouse outside of the will. Gifts in a will to children of the decedent and their descendants cannot be reduced to provide that inheritance, but you refer to them as his step-children, in which case that exclusion does not apply. Depending on the terms of the will and the amount of equity in the house, you may be able to negotiate to receive it as your inheritance anyways.See question
Is there a Special Need Trust fund for a person over the age of 65 (88)who is mentally disabled (dementia) in the state of CT? My mom has been in an SNF for a year as a private pay. The Dir.Nursing has said that she is one of their most difficul...
Attorney Anthony's answer is only partly correct. Under current law, an individual aged 65 or older cannot establish an independent supplemental needs trust. She can contributed funds to a pooled trust account with the non profit agency Planned Lifetime Assistance Network ("PLAN") of Connecticut, with a care plan. This may be able to accomplish the goal of providing supplemental aides while Medicaid covers the base nursing home charges, however there are significant administration charges, and the account manager is ultimately responsible for making the distributions...a family member cannot be trustee, though they can report what is needed and find cooperation.
Additionally, it bears mentioning that even if your mother is difficult and cannot have direct support staff, that does not oblige you to accept her treatment with psychoactive medication. In fact, in some cases such treatment violates medical standards and/or is illegal. There is a significant problem with the improper use of psychoactive medications to "dope up" difficult patients in this state, and unless she is dangerous to herself or others (and keeping them awake doesn't count), you have a right to refuse them. You can speak to an elder law attorney about this or contact the CT Long-Term Care Ombudsman if you want to pursue this and the facility pushes back.
But back to the trust, you should always consult an Elder Law Attorney to review all of your mothers assets, income sources, and care needs to determine the best course of action, as many disqualifying transactions and care opportunites are not obvious to family members. As PLAN requires you to work with a member attorney to establish a trust account anyways, it is best to start with one now to ensure that that is the best course of action.See question
I have a home in a living trust. I was told that as long as I tell medicaid that I intend to return home my house will be exempt as an asset to qualify for medicaid. I was also told that Mass health would not be able to recover or attach a lien be...
Your question confuses two different issues, both of which are significant to Medicaid (MassHealth).
Under federal law, MassHealth has to ignore your house as an asset so long as you are living in it. If you go to a nursing home for prolonged rehabilitation, but are medically expected to return home while living in your house, MassHealth must continue to disregard the house, and must also deduct your mortgage payments, taxes, and insurance from the income you are required to provide as a cost share (called applied income). This is true no matter how you own your home.
Unrelated to this, assets that were transferred into a trust, which the owner retains no use or benefit in, stop being an asset for Medicaid purposes, provided it is done more than five years before the person needs long-term care services to be paid for. A living trust doesn't meet these requirements because (1) it's completely revocable, and (2) you retained the right to use or receive trust property.
If you want to plan for future issues, you should speak to an attorney that specializes specifically in elder law.See question