Why You Should Never Seek Medicaid Funding Advice from the County

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What You’ll Learn From This Video

  • Bad advice from non-experts can be costly!
  • We help folks in your situation almost daily.
  • Getting help from an elder law attorney can help you protect your loved ones!


Margaret Barrett: Hi. I’m Margaret Barrett, owner, and founder of Safe Harbor Estate Law. We help clients every day who are worried about running out of money paying for long-term care. And once they do, they’re worried about following all the rules to get or stay on Medicaid so the government will pay for their care. We have found that people who are working with Medicaid will sometimes seek out advice from the Medicaid county workers. Today, I’m going to tell you just one example of a story that illustrates why it’s not a good idea to get legal advice from the county.

A devoted daughter called our office recently, and she was in distress. Her mother was still living at home, and she was on Medicaid’s elderly waiver Program. It was becoming clear that it would be best for mom to move to assisted living in the near future. And since the daughter lived out of state, she thought it was an ideal time to move mom near her, so she could take better care of her mom.

The key was, that all of mom’s money was tied up in the house. So the house would need to be sold to provide the money to move mom and pay for one year’s care at the new facility. The daughter called the county worker and told her about her plan, but the county worker said it would not work. She said, “As soon as that house was sold, the county was going to take all the money to pay for her care.” The daughter was devastated. How could she move her mom into assisted living if she had no money to pay for the one-year private pay that was required? How could she move her close to her, so that she could take better care of her mom? It turns out the county worker was completely wrong. This was terrible legal advice, but the daughter didn’t find that out until she called us.

She is so thankful that she found us, because not only are we helping her protect the money in the house so that mom can move and can pay for a new facility, she’s also going to be able to keep extra money in the family in case mom needs it, or to pass on to the daughter after the mom is gone. Our plan is night and day different from what the county said. And we can understand why the daughter reached out to the county. Most people do not know that an elder lawyer can make a night and day difference for a family that is paying for long-term care.

So, please do me a favor and do not ask the county for advice about getting or staying on Medicaid. We would love to help you protect your loved one, get good care, protect your assets, and have peace of mind. Call our team at Safe Harbor Estate Law today.

Author Bio

Margaret Barrett is the Founder and Owner of Safe Harbor Estate Law, a Saint Paul, MN, estate planning law firm she founded in 2013. With almost 15 years of combined experience in litigation and Minnesota estate law, she is dedicated to representing clients in a wide range of estate law matters. Her practice areas include estate planning, asset protection, elder law, and more.

Margaret received her Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law and is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Ramsey County Bar Association.

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