Mom had a CD for $5,000 with my name on it but p.o.d. (payable on her death.) She considered it to be my CD. Over the years I used it for collateral on loans. 3-1/2 years ago I wanted to use it for a loan again, but she said it wasn't earning hardly any interest on it, so why not just cash it in. So we did. She also had a $5,000 CD with my brother's name on it, also payable on her death. She also decided to cash his in for him. She figured it was her choice to forget about the payable on death, and cash them in for us. When she got the cds, it was probably 10 to 15 years ago. Had she not put p.o.d. on them, and just had our names on them, there wouldn't be a problem. But now she needs nursing home care. Is this going to be a problem, even though our names were on them? And if there is a penalty and she has no way to pay the penalty, then what? Is she out on the street, so to speak? I'm disabled, and my brother has no money. So we have no way to pay it back. Mom put the house in our names 10 years ago with her having a life estate. That was her only asset, other than a car valued at about $1,000. So she has no way to pay a penalty. So if no one can pay it, what happens next? Because she put the house in our names while retaining a life estate, we can't sell it till she dies. And we're broke, so have no money to pay for upkeep. Her mom lived to be 96, so we might have to hold onto it for another 9 years if she lives as long as her mom. We can't afford our own places plus hers. I live in a trailer with my disabled husband and don't want to sell my place and move into hers. When she dies, we'd sell her house (not a trailer) and then I wouldn't have my trailer to move back into. My brother has a nice double wide on its own lot and doesn't want to sell his place either. Neither of us can get a loan so we have no way to pay the cds back. Mom is 87 and can't get a loan either, for the penalty. So what happens when no one can pay the penalty??? Does that mean mom can't go into the nursing home? Is there any way around the life estate? Could she put it in my name (since I'm disabled would that exempt the transfer to just my name with no life estate) so that we could then sell it instead of waiting till she dies? This is all so confusing, she's in the hospital and they want her in the nursing home within days.