Did You Know?
Saving the Family Home
CANHRs Lawyer Referral Service is one of only two statewide lawyer referral services
in California! CANHR has the only Lawyer Referral Service certified by
the State Bar of California that specializes in long term care issues.
You can lose your family home if proper planning is
- You could end up with a Medi-Cal estate claim on your home if you
receive Medi-Cal anytime after the age of 55, youve received Medi-Cal
in a nursing home regardless of age, and you leave property in your estate
when you die.
- A living trust, joint tenancy or tenancy in common does not protect
your home from an estate claim.
- You have the right to transfer your home to anyone, if the home is
exempt at the time of transfer. Note: The home is exempt if an exempt
person is living in the home, such as a spouse, a minor, blind or disabled
child (of any age), or if a sibling with an equity interest or a son
or daughter caregiver has lived there for at least one year before you
entered a nursing home. Also, the home is exempt if you marked on the
Medi-Cal application Yes you intend to return home.
Medi-Cal estate claims are very difficult to contest, as
few hardship waivers are granted. If you take steps to protect your property
during life, there will be no estate claim. While it is not always wise
to transfer your home outright, there are a number of options you can
explore to protect your property from an estate claim.
Call the CANHR office for more information. Always see
an attorney with experience in Medi-Cal and Long Term Care before you