Sibling Home Ownership Rights and Medicaid Repayment Question
(Staten Island, NY, USA)
(NY) Life Estate holder passes away..who owns the home now?
My Dad wrote a will in 1987 leaving his home to his 4 children (me & 3 siblings). In Aug 2006 he had to enter a Nursing Home & apply for Medicaid. At that time, with the help of an Attorney, he transferred the home to me (his son), who lived with him for many years taking care of his physical & monetary needs. He retained a "Life Estate" in the property. This exempted the home from the "look back period". The Medicaid was approved. Sadly, he passed away last August.
It is my understanding the upon his death, the Life Estate is terminated and 100% ownership passes to me. Do my siblings have any ownership interest in the property? 2 of them are trying to force me to sell the home so they can get the proceeds. I don't believe they can do this as the home was not part of his probate estate.
Also, if the home had been put into all 4 of our names at the time of the Medicaid application, would Medicaid have been able to lien the home to be re-paid?