Will Medicaid Count an Investment Gone Bad As an Asset?

It probably depends on the investment and the facts. If your mother made an investment that didn’t work out with an independent third party, it should probably not be a problem. But if, for instance, she was investing in a company you were starting, it will look more like a gift to you. In addition, it could depend on the documentation of the investment. If there’s proper paperwork – a stock certificate, for instance – it will be more likely to pass muster with Medicaid. A local elder law attorney who looked at all of the circumstances should be able to provide a more definite answer.

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