Excerpt from Star Tribune: (click for entire article)
Angeline Ellis of Crystal was trying to be a helpful mom four years ago when she lent her son $17,000 to tide him over a financial tight spot. So far, he's repaid $12,250.
Now, beset by dementia, severe arthritis and heart disease at age 83, Ellis needs long-term care.
As a result, she finds herself at the center of a lawsuit challenging a state rule designed to discourage people from giving an early inheritance to their children and then getting taxpayer help to pay for their care through Medicaid.