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1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law and Real Estate Law for New Jersey on
Q: My 100 year old Mom is living at home with a 24 hour caregiver.Her home is in a life estate with myself and 2 sisters

I am paying for the bulk of her care and home expenses as I am Guardian.I keep excellent records.How will I be payed back upon the sale of the house?One sister objects to everything!!

Jaclyn Healey
Jaclyn Healey answered on Mar 15, 2018

You won't. We never recommend that people pay their parent's medical bills, because there is no guarantee that you will be reimbursed. If your mom cannot afford the care, I would look into getting her on Medicaid.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law, Estate Planning and Probate for New Jersey on
Q: Am I responsible for my mom's, she lived in my home, medical debt after she has passed away ? I live in NJ
Jaclyn Healey
Jaclyn Healey answered on Mar 15, 2018

It depends who signed the contracts.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for New Jersey on
Q: How do I get my brother to pay some of my elderly parent's expenses - I can't afford the cost of care by myself.
Jaclyn Healey
Jaclyn Healey answered on Mar 2, 2018

You don't. Apply for Medicaid. Do NOT cover the bills out of your own pocket, you will NOT be reimbursed. Apply for Medicaid and they'll cover the bills.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for New Jersey on
Q: If I become power of attorney for my dad and he is unable to pay for his nursing home fees, will I then become liable?
Jaclyn Healey
Jaclyn Healey answered on Mar 2, 2018

Not unless you sign as an individual, as opposed to signing as POA for your dad.

1 Answer | Asked in Elder Law for New Jersey on
Q: How much will medicaid cover for assisted living?
Jaclyn Healey
Jaclyn Healey answered on Mar 2, 2018

Assuming that you qualify for Medicaid, they cover whatever your income doesn't. So if you have $1,500 /month from social security and your assisted living is $7,000 /month, Medicaid will cover $5,000. This is a VERY basic example, there are a couple other factors that come in to play, but I think... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for New Jersey on
Q: My sister was a resident of NJ, died in NJ, will drawn up in NYC when she was in the hospital. Can we probate in NJ?
Jaclyn Healey
Jaclyn Healey answered on Feb 21, 2018

Yes, she was a NJ Resident

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for New Jersey on
Q: I am the executor of a will that was filed in NJ. Do I have to supply the heirs details of all financial transactions?

I am being asked to give evidence of all financial transactions made since the date of death (4/21/2016). If I need to do this, am I able to give copies of the Inheritance Tax paperwork or the bank statements, or do I have to copy the bank ledger? Thank you

Jaclyn Healey
Jaclyn Healey answered on Feb 21, 2018

Depends. Towards the end of the probate process you do an "accounting" which lays out all of the money that has come in and gone out of the Estate. If all of the beneficiaries agree you can waive this, and just go straight to the R&R bonds.

1 Answer | Asked in Probate for New Jersey on
Q: what is the form used in Probate Court to "file a Motion"?

I need to ask Lawyer involved to Comply with a Court Order

Jaclyn Healey
Jaclyn Healey answered on Feb 21, 2018

You would file a motion the same way you would in Civil court, it would just go the Judge who handles Probate. Examples can be found on the County Court's website.

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