... From your question, I believe your issue lies more with the Public Assistance laws and Medicaid ... (I may be wrong) ...
... Adding a name to a Deed (and then recording it with the Recorder of Deeds) is very simple ... you could probably do it yourself or have an attorney do it for a nominal fee ...
... However, as my spider sense is tingling ... I think you need to consult with an Elder Law attorney who specializes in that area ...
... I am positive that one of my colleagues will give you a more-detailed answer ... stay tuned ...
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Transferring a house to your own name before filing for Medicaid will disqualify your mother for medicaid for a number of years. If she needs any kind of help now, you had better see an elderlaw attorney ASAP.
Mr. Whalen is correct - there are bigger issues here than just the transfer of the property. If your mother is trying to qualify for medicaid, she should not simply transfer the house to you. This type of a gift can lead to her being ineligible for the program completely for a period of time. You and your mother need to consult with an elder law attorney in your area before doing anything.
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