My father placed property that my cousin left him in his will when he passed back in 2011. The property has been up for sale since 2012 and just sold in the spring of last year. The idea all along by my father was to split the money among the four children. Well, I took $40,000 last spring after the sale and long before my father had a stroke (December) and is looking at long term care. How can this gift be protected from the Medicaid 5 year look back when he spends down and needs to apply? This money was distributed as per the plan when we opted to sell the property back in 2012 and is no way a means of hiding the money. At the time, there was no way to know that this would happen.