How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Brad Your Own Question
Brad, Retired IRS Agent
Category: Tax
Satisfied Customers: 177
Experience:  Retired; 32 years service and expertise in Individual, Partnership, Trust, Corporate Tax Law;Mensa
Type Your Tax Question Here...
Brad is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Vermont 93 yo mother, thinking about nursing home

Customer Question

Vermont 93 yo mother, thinking about nursing home placement. Assets in a trust to avoid probate. Aside from a small amount of cash she owns a home, barn and 43 acres continguous old farmland. Valued at $500,000 to $600,000 +/-. How much does she had to spend down before she is eligible for Vermont medicaid in the nursing home? I know the look back for transfers is 5 years, but what about the house and land. I was told that was exempt.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  Brad replied 8 years ago.

Hello MsCustomer

Yes, home and furnishings do not count in the determination of eligibility.

I have cited some useful quotes from the Vermont website(shown below) including the phone number and address of your local S. Burlington office. They very much want to interview applicants before the applicant makes any drastic move such as selling or giving away property.


Income is the money you have coming in. It includes paychecks, pensions, veterans' and other benefits, return on investments, interest, certain contributions, and assistance from other sources.

Resources are what you have or own. The available resources of all family members count. These may include cash, back accounts, certificates of deposit, trust funds, negotiable stocks and bonds and some life insurance, real estate, and vehicles.

Your home and furnishings don't count.

You don't have to leave home to apply. Just call us at 1-800-250-8427 and ask for an application for Medicaid.

If you or any family members have health insurance, we'll need to know the details of the policy.


Note: Giving away resources or income or selling resources for less than they're worth could make you ineligible for help with nursing home care for months or years. Before transferring resources or income, be sure to check the rules with your worker.

Burlington District Office

Anne McBee, District Manager

101 Cherry Street, Suite 101
Burlington, VTNNN-NN-NNNN/p>

Telephone:(NNN) NNN-NNNNbr />Toll-free in Vermont:(NNN) NNN-NNNNbr />Fax:(NNN) NNN-NNNN/p>

Office Hours: 7:45 am to 4:30 pm,
Monday through Friday


Application for:

Food Stamps

Reach Up


Dr. Dynasaur






The best way to start seems to be the recommendation at the Vermont website, which is that you visit or apply and arrange for an interview with a case worker. Once you know what you are up against, then you can decide on alternate courses of action such as legal aid to set up trust that would hold your mother's assets(Miller trust


Please contact me again with any of your questions!




JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
< Previous | Next >
  • I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response... T.G.W Matteson, IL
  • I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight. Bonnie Chesnee, SC
  • Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation. John Minneapolis, MN
  • Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with. Orville Hesperia, California
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA

Meet The Experts:

  • Wallstreet Esq.

    Wallstreet Esq.

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    10 years experience
< Last | Next >
  • Wallstreet Esq.'s Avatar

    Wallstreet Esq.

    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    10 years experience
  • Mark D's Avatar

    Mark D

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    MBA, EA, Specializing in Business and Individual Tax Returns and Issues
  • Richard's Avatar


    Tax Attorney

    Satisfied Customers:

    29 years of experience as a tax, real estate, and business attorney.
  • Robin D.'s Avatar

    Robin D.

    Senior Tax Advisor 4

    Satisfied Customers:

    15years with H & R Block. Divisional leader, Instructor
  • Megan C's Avatar

    Megan C

    Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

    Satisfied Customers:

    Licensed CPA, CFE, CMA, CGMA who teaches accounting courses at Master's Level
  • jgordosea's Avatar


    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    I've prepared all types of taxes since 1987.
  • R. Klein, EA's Avatar

    R. Klein, EA

    Enrolled Agent

    Satisfied Customers:

    Over 20 Years experience