What Happens to Assets Left in a Special Needs Trust on the Death of the Beneficiary?
Terminating a special needs trust is not as simple as merely writing a check to the remainder beneficiaries and calling it...Read more
There is no statute of limitations. Under the terms of the trust, after the beneficiary’s death the trustee is required to reimburse Medicaid for expenditures made on the beneficiary’s behalf. This is an affirmative obligation that does not depend on state initiative. That said, if the trustee has contacted the Medicaid agency and it has not responded, it puts the trustee in a pickle. The trustee must then decide whether to take the risk of distributing trust funds to remainder beneficiaries, perhaps requiring them to sign indemnification agreements that they will return the funds if the state comes calling.
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