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Is My Mother Entitled to Her Deceased First Husband's Social Security Benefits?

My father was killed in 1965. My mother remarried in 1984. Is she entitled to my father's Social Security benefits? She is 83 years old.  

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tags: Social Security
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Can My Mother Move to Another State and Qualify for Medicaid There?

My 80-year-old mother recently moved from New Mexico to Texas because of ongoing health and care issues. She needs to to be in a skilled nursing facility. Since she is not a Texas resident, how will Medicaid work if she requires extended care? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Is the Cash Value of a Life Insurance Policy a Countable Asset for Medicaid

My wife is the owner of a life insurance policy on our daughter. Will the cash value of the life insurance be exempt from our countable assets if I go on Medicaid long-term care? 

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Will Medicaid Consider Payments to an Adult Child for Living Expenses to Be a Transfer of Assets?

My mom lives with me.  Can she pay her fair share of living expenses without this being considered a transfer should she apply for Medicaid down the road?  

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Does My Stepfather Have a Legal Right to Prevent Me From Seeing My Mother?

My mother has dementia and lives at home with my stepfather. He will not let two out of my mother's three children see or visit her.  I want to know if I have legal rights to see my mother and, if so, how do I go about doing it? 

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tags: Estate Planning, Guardianship/Conservatorship
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Can My Parents Sell Their Home and Pay for Upgrades to Our Home Without Triggering Medicaid?s Transfer Rules?

Both my elderly parents need extra help. We are going to sell their house and move them onto my property. We will need to build an addition in order to have space for them. Can they pay for these renovations out of profit from the sale of their home and not have it be subject to the Medicaid laws? The property will be in my name.

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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Must a Medicaid Applicant's Earlier Gifts of Savings Bonds Be Returned?

My mother-in-law gave $10,000 in savings bonds to each of her children in 2010. She is now confined to a nursing home and is being told the money given for the savings bonds needs to be returned into her account to be used for her care.  Does that money need to be returned or can the recipients keep the money?

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tags: Medicaid Rules
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What Happens to The House I Jointly Own With Mom When She Goes on Medicaid?

In 2000, my mother and I purchased a home and we own it as joint tenants with right of survivorship. She needs to go into a nursing facility soon and I am planning to apply for Medicaid for her. What will happen to her house? Will I lose 50 percent of it? I have never lived in the house but my husband and I intend to move there in the next five to seven years. I live in Arizona. 

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tags: Medicaid Rules

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