Q: My dad recently moved into a managed care facility. My brother filled his Medicaid paperwork out so I don't know detail
What am I to do with his car? Sell it and hand the money to the managed care? Keep renewing the registration and pay insurance while it sits? I'm afraid to drive it myself since I don't want to cause any issues that would make my dad lose his Medicaid benefits and I fear getting in an accident. I think Medicaid will try to recover value at the end of things but until then it's going to otherwise sit. The car is sitting in front of my house since my dad's house is sitting empty.
If you sell the car, the funds must be spent down within 30 days. It is not sufficient to just hand over the funds to the facility. Perhaps the funds can be used to pay for a prepaid funeral plan.
Also, if you let his house just sit there, then when he passes away, Medicaid will put a lien on it and try to recover any sales proceeds.
There are better options than allowing that to happen.
I would advise you to speak with an elder law attorney. Many elder law attorneys will give you a free initial consultation.
An elder law attorney will be able to advise you on what to do about the house. There may be opportunities available to keep the house in the family or sell it and keep a certain amount of funds in the family. It is at least worth a discussion.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.