In AZ can the state take your home away from you if you cant pay nursing home bills

Buying a home and wondering if I should put it in my daughters name

Asked on December 5, 2018 under Real Estate Law, Arizona

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

Yes, you could lose your home if your nursing home bills are paid for you by Medicaid. The law doesn't let you keep your money and assets (like a home) while forcing Medicaid--which means other people, since Medicaid is funded by taxpayers--to pay for you. Therefore, the law lets the state take your money in the bank and real estate to pay for your nursing home expenses. So this is certainly a risk.
As to what you should do--consult with an estate planner to understand the best option(s) to protect your home. They differ based on the situation: there is no one-size-fits-all answer.


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