Transfer for purpose of qualifying for assistance
March 4, 2009
Appellant and spouse gifted a total of $11,800.00 one of their 5 children. Gifts were given in 9 checks in the amount of $900.00 each. Appellant was 92 and 93 years old when gifts were given. Parents gave gifts due to medical needs of son. DSS found gift was an improper transfer and imposed a transfer penalty. Hearing officer upheld DSS decision. Hearing officer found that a 92/3 year old man “cannot reasonably dismiss the possibility that he will become in need of long-term medical care within five years”.