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I did that too, and the lawyer told Dad to:
- Buy a more expensive house, because real estate is excluded from Medicaid eligibility calculations, and
- Give the rest of his money to his grown children, who will of course set it aside and then later spend it on nothing but his care (HA! hahahaha).

We dis-engaged that lawyer.


Yeah, wow, no thankfully nothing that weird!

We are working through the division of assets process, and having her help us do that legally, while preserving as many assets as possible. Back-of-the-envelope calculations, we can preserve about 90K in assets immediately, then an ongoing savings from Medicaid partially paying his care.

Since we could be looking at a decade or more of care, we need that 90K to pay for our portion of his care, and we need Mom to retain as many assets as possible now for her own possible care later.

Meanwhile, besides your lawyer, there should also be a social worker at your dad's memory care facility who can help.

Yep, and on a really cool note* the new director of the memory care unit is a man Mom used to work with, before retirement, and someone she just LOVED working with. That was a pleasant surprise, and she visibly relaxed when we met with him.

impolite
* as cool as you can get here, I guess
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