Trusts & Estates Law/Estate question


My sister is in her 70's.  During the past several years, she has given me about $10,0000.  ($200 here$500 there $100 there etc.)As a gift.  Not a loan.
No large amount over $1000 at one time.
She said she heard that if she goes into a nursing home, (etc) they could come back after me for 5 years to pay back the money she has given me as a gift.  Is that true??  Would I have to pay back $10,000 ?  What if I don't have the money after 5 years?   thanks for your time....

It is very complicated and uses a formula.  But no they have to come after her not you.  What would happen is she would have to pay for $10,000 of nursing home costs before Medicaid would start paying.  It is called the Medicaid transfer penalty.  Don't worry about it.


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