My elderly mother is ill and may have to go a nursing home.The house I grew up in is in her name.Could the nusring home take the house from her?

If so,should I have the house,or title,put under my name and that of my siblings?

Asked on May 24, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Massachusetts

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Transferring the house now will probably not do any good.  If she applies for Medicaid, there will be a 36-month "look-back" for any property that was given away or sold for less than fair market value, to get her net worth under the $2,000 maximum to be eligible for Medicaid.

It would be a good idea to talk to a lawyer who has experience in elder law issues, before you do anything with the house.  One place to find qualifid attorneys is our website, http://attorneypages.com


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