She died after three years in nursing home, on Medi-cal to help with board and care. I have lived with and supported financially both my mother and stepfather for 18 years. Stepdad promised when she passed and he sold her house he would even things up with me financially. House sold and since we were in deep financial trouble, paid down mortgage, paid off credit cards, etc. No knowledge of estate recovery. Got a bill for $136,000. Claimed hardship but my stepdad did papers, not well, was denied. Didn't go to appeals hearing, too nervous, he has anxiety, overwhelms easily, head in the sand kind of guy. Then I took some bad advice, was told the bill would probably go to collections I could work out a discount, or the state might just drop the case. Wrong. Didn't receive anything from the state for years, seriously thought they dropped it. Then real estate agent appraised the house and found a lien. This was in 2018. 10% interest had been adding up every year! Anyone stuck like this? Is there a way out? I haven't seen an attorney but you know what they cost and I haven't two nickels to rub together. My mom died so stepdad and I on the deed. If we sell and pay back loan, we will be poor. I worked long and hard and now this. Any suggestions would be appreciated.