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The general rule is no, applicants for Medicaid may not transfer assets during the five years prior to application without triggering a waiting period for benefits. You may, however, withdraw the cash value in excess of $1,500 and spend it down, perhaps prepaying for your mother’s funeral if you haven’t done that already. Unfortunately, practices vary from state to state, so to be certain of your options you need to consult with the Medicaid agency or a local elder law attorney.
For more on Medicaid's asset transfer rules, click here.
Local Elder Law Attorneys in Ashburn, VA
In practice since 1987, Fairfax Attorney Evan Farr is widely recognized as one of the leading Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Specials Needs attorneys in Virginia and one of foremost experts in the Country in the field of Medicaid Asset Protection and related Trusts. Evan Farr has been quoted or cited as an expert by n...
Margaret A. O’Reilly is an estate planning and elder law attorney with over thirty-five years of legal experience. Attorney O’Reilly graduated from Duke University with a degree in psychology, and received her law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. For over 15 y...