How long must a house be out of someones names to protect them from mounting medical bills in the state of arizona

My mother has alzheimer’s disease and the cost of keeping her in a home is high
How long must her be out of her name so they can not take it for medical bill and
leave my father with no home

Asked on May 24, 2016 under Estate Planning, Arizona


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

For Medicare purposes, the "look back" period is five (5) years--that is, they will look at, and possibly reverse or take back, any transactions (e.g. gifts, transfers, below-market value sales, etc.) which occured up to five years ago. For private medical costs, there is no set look back period, though if a transfer, etc. is made after a large private bill was incurred, the provider who is not getting paid could try to set the transfer aside as a fraud on creditors.

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