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Will Medicaid penalize us for taking furniture from our parent's house?

Dad has been in a memory care facility with Medicaid for a couple of years. My mom died last year and we are trying to sell their house. I want to keep a few pieces of antique furniture that has been in our family for the last 4 generations. My brother is executor and doesn't want anything removed because he believes that the realtor and people who have viewed the house will tell DHS what is missing at the estate sale and sue us for the difference. I don't think the 3 pieces of furniture I want are worth more than $500 combined, I just want to keep them in the family and for sentimental purposes.
Status: Open    Feb 29, 2016 - 11:59 PM


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Mar 07, 2016 - 09:06 PM

A real estate agent should only be concerned with the house and should not be concerned with the furniture in the house. I do not beleive they would have any reason to call DHS unless they have specific instructions from a lawyer/judge related to the case. A potential buyer would never have any reason to call DHS, as furniture is removed from homes all the time after pictures have been taken.

I would advise that you speak with the lawyer you have have for the estate, as they can best advise on what can and cannot be removed.

Sep 26, 2016 - 08:55 AM

I don’t think this will be a problem for Medicaid as they don’t value normal personal property
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