The U.S. Senate Committee on Finance recently proposed enhancements to the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act which would increase the amount of money that can be contributed to ABLE accounts. However, advocate groups say the enhancements don’t go far enough.Read more
When a loved one requires Medicaid there are many defenses that can be used to protect your family’s assets in given situations. Hiring a qualified Elder Law attorney is paramount to ensure you and your family receive the care they need while protecting assets.Read more
Repealing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, was one of Donald Trump’s signature campaign health care promises. But his election, coupled with Republican control of both the House and Senate, means that there will also almost certainly be a new GOP effort to turn the Medicaid program into a system of block grants to states. Under such a system, states would receive a lump sum of federal money to provide health care to low-income people, in contrast to the open-ended entitlement that Medicaid is today, with the federal government matching every dollar that states spend.Read more
A U.S. district court rules that a nursing home can proceed with its case against the sons of a resident who transferred the resident’s funds to themselves because the fraudulent transfer claim survived the resident’s death. Kindred Nursing Centers East, LLC v. Estate of Barbara Nyce (U.S. Dist. Ct., D. Vt., No. 5:16-cv-73, June 21, 2016).
Roger and Kinsley Nyce were agents under their mother’s power of attorney. The Nyces’ mother, Barbara Nyce, entered a nursing home and signed an admission agreement in which she agreed to pay the nursing home or apply for Medicaid. Ms. Nyce filed for Medicaid, but the application was denied because the Nyces withdrew money from Ms. Nyce’s bank accounts to pay themselves. Ms. Nyce also transferred her property to her sons. Ms. Nyce died owing the nursing home $137,586.92.
After Ms. Nyce died, the nursing home sued her estate as well as the Nyces for fraudulent transfer. The estate cross-claimed against the Nyces, alleging breach of fiduciary duty and conversion. The case was removed to federal court, and the Nyces moved to dismiss the claims. The Nyces argued that the estate couldn’t sue for fraudulent transfer after Ms. Nyce died and that the estate’s cross claim fits into the probate exception to federal jurisdiction.
The United States District Court, District of Vermont, denies the motion to dismiss. The court holds that the fraudulent transfer claim survived Ms. Nyce’s death because state law does not require that there be a pending claim in order for an action to survive. The court further holds that the probate exception cannot be used to dismiss widely recognized torts, such as breach of fiduciary duty.
You can avoid these situations; if you’re applying for Medicaid make sure that you have qualified counsel to help you through your Medicaid application process, an experienced Medicaid Attorney can help you make sure your these circumstances do not enter your life. We are here to help. Set up a free consultation with our Medicaid Attorneys, and we will show you how you have the ability to safely protect your assets while receiving the Medicaid care that you require.
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