Sell Mom's house. What do I need to know?

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My mother is currently in a nursing home, I moved here from Wi Sept 2010 to take care of her 24/7 for 2 years ,unable to use arms or legs , but still very sharp long term memory , short term is gone :( I am her MPOA with durable per visions ,financial ect. I am 54 and decided to go back to school Jan 2012 online while I was home with her and doing my 16 hour shifts. I sat in my mom's room on recliner and we interacted ,took her to church ect. My best friend... I said to my mother that there was no room for advancement for me in the valley. I brought her to Austin. She is now in nursing home. See her every other day and bring her to my apartment every other weekend so I spend about 12 days out of the month with her in my apartment :) she loves it. Her house has sat empty for one year and I only work enough to survive on . I have paying water bill, electric some one to mow the grass and gas money to drive 5 hours to go check on house. I cannot afford this any longer !!! My mom is on nursing home Medicaid.
Can I sell the house and roll that money into buying a home here in Austin in her name so I don't have to pay rent and give her a home to come home to with all her belongings in it ? I am the only child and no help from anyone.
I lost everything coming here to help her... and now can only move on and hope that at my age I can find a job when I graduate .

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If in the same state TX is huge...I would consult an attorney...
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The fact that mother is your mother qualifies for medicaid now,
because she has limited income and she won't when you sell her house, her assets will become liquid and she will fall into another category called private pay.

As her caregiver they could not force her to sell her home and
as long as she is returning to it (but she is returning to your home) you have certain rights, but buying a new home isn't as easy, especially if she has dementia, where is the house and where are you exactly?
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You might have to sell the house and put the money into her care, and in most places, if you rent it out, that income goes to Medicaid too. But, at least you would not have the added expenses of upkeep and paying for insurance...plus if the insurance company finds out no one actually lives there, they will not want to insure it any more. An eldercare attorney consultation with someone who knows Medicaid inside and out in both locations, as if they are different states the regs may differ substantially, is very much in order. You can typically use Moms money if there is a fee for that first consultation...where I am I got one for $300.00 which was a huge help.
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Go see an attorney ASAP. In CA, Medical (Medicaid) sends us a letter every year stating it will be coming back on my sisters assets for EVERYTHING they ever gave her. We always avoid putting anything in her name including potential future inheritances from parents trusts, etc. You maybe stuck as to moms assets at this point. Renting or living in the house might be the best option but you must go to an attorney asap. God bless you.
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Good idea to contact Medicaid. They are not the best for getting answers from but something as simple as is Medicaid going to attach the funds is fairly straight forward. What I learned from working with them in my state is that if she is on Medicaid, the only reason she still has the house is because it is a protected asset. Once it is sold, they probably will be able to collect on a lien taken out when she entered into the Medicaid contract. Who handled the finances of getting her into the NH? There might be records - I would not ask the NH and alert them to any possible money they might want to get their hands on. I'm a little confused you moved yourself to austin from WI and her from her home. So now you are both fish out of water. I agree with dogabone that you need to use her house however you can either by renting it out or living in it yourself. To ensure it is clear that you are not profiting from it I would set up a new bank account for it in both your names, or just your name as long as you don't use that account for anything other than caring for her or her house. Put the rent money in there. Not sure about if it can be solely in your name, renting might be a big deal, might want to hire a management company for the rental, if the house will bring enough to cover it. I'm sure you've thought of this already, but moving in to her house you could use the rent money you are not paying in Austin for gas money to visit Mom, and wouldn't she rather go back to her own house for visits (if you lived there) than to an apartment you were renting? While you are there you could ready it for renting. (clean and paint). I empathize with your dilemma and your pain. You want the best for her without making yourself a target for any bad financial stresses.
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Good for you for continuing your education, although having degrees does not guarantee you a job. Contact a realtor and see what you need to do to prepare the house for a sale. Contact Medicaid about the regulations for your state.
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there is something to the fact that you lived w/her for 2 yrs and kept her out of nursing home. some states will take this into account but you will have to check w/that states attorneys-they might reimburse your past bills you paid out for her then and since. area of aging in state might give you some answers also.
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You should meet with an attorney, you will need one for the closing of the sale. He will help you find any liens on the property, which have to be cleared. He may find that Medicaid and the Nursing Home already have filed claims. As the POA, you have to follow specific rules and not benefit from any transaction. On the other hand, you should not be paying any of her bills out of your own pocket. Get your receipts together so you can be reimbursed from the sale. Please see an attorney very soon.
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You say your Mother is now in a nurcing home on Medicaid. Wanting to know if you can sell her house? Is this correct?
Many factors, questions come this ,
Depends on how much money your Mother has? Will she need to sell the house down the road to pay for her nurcing care down the road? That's the question and that's what Medicaid & Medicare looks at. If your Mother exceeds her cost in a nurcing home? The nurcing home will take the house and sell it to pay for her care.
Your Mother should of placed the house in a trust for this not to happen. But, what it is , Is what it is. Since, your Mother is in a nurcing home and under Medicaid's & Medicare's eyes. I think it will be far to no chance you can sell her home without hearing from Medicaid & Medicare. You will need to talk to a attorney about this.
If your Mother is compatent she can sell you the house or place it in a trust. If you can get her into a attorney to do so. Few attorneys will come to her to do this. You need to ask around. The only thing you can do other then seeking a attorney is,
Move Mom to a nurcing home near her house. You live in her house simple as that better then renting. Or rent the house out so the renters can care for the up keep on the home. Finding a good renter is another story.
You need to call a attorney for this.
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