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Should mom add signers or co-owners to her ira and cd?

Asked on Feb 12th, 2017 on Elder Law - Pennsylvania
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Mom is widowed and has an ira and cd and savings accounts. Her will is divided evenly among 4 children. My brother and i have power of attorney. Should any of us be on her accounts in some way to protect them from going to the state? If so, how would you word the signature cards?
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Answered on Feb 13th, 2017 at 7:12 AM
Retitling assets have serious consequences for Estate planning as well as eligiblity for long term care nursing home benefits through Medicaid.  For the IRA, the easy answer is for her to change the beneficiary to the 4 children.  there may be some special language to include on the form depending on how she would want the share of a predeceased child to pass.  For the other assets, I think you'd need to share information with an attorney in order to get more specific advice.  I'd want to know your mother's age, does she own a home?  What's her current health status?  What is her inomce?  Does she have long term care insurance? 
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