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As long as the deed is properly executed, it is entirely valid even if not recorded. So it can be recorded after death.
It won't prevent Medicaid from filing a lien unless the transfer was at least 5 years before the applicant begins receiving Medicaid benefits. Unfortunately if it was that easy everyone would do that to get assets out of their name to keep from having a Medicaid lien. So any transfers of assets have to be at least 5 years before the person applies for Medicaid.
If the Medicaid recipient states an intention to return to the home when they initially file for Medicaid (whether they realistically can or not) then the homestead is exempt. If they missed checking this option on their original application, then it may still be exempt as long as the house has less than $552K in equity in it.
So Medicaid can lien a home in FL if the applicant doesn't fall under one of those exceptions..
But if friend checked the option that she intended to return or she has less than $552K in equity, then it would be exempt from liens.