Testamentary Trusts

Testamentary trusts are trusts created under a will. The Medicaid rules provide a special ‘safe harbor’ for testamentary trusts created by a deceased spouse for the benefit of a surviving spouse. Unlike a trust created during life for a spouse, the assets of these trusts are treated as available to the Medicaid applicant only to […]

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Safe Harbor Trusts

Medicaid rules provide for three ‘safe harbor’ trusts that are notable exceptions to the general trust rules. 1 The first, referred to as a ‘(d)(4) (A)’ or ‘pay-back’ trust, must be created by a parent, grandparent, guardian or court for the benefit of a disabled individual under age 65. It may be funded with the disabled

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