I recently signed a revocable living trust. Does this revocable trust protect my assets from a nursing home spend down?


No. This is a very common misconception. There are several reasons to have a living (revocable) trust. However, asset protection planning and nursing home protection are not reasons to have a revocable trust. Under federal Medicaid law and under most states laws, your revocable trust is considered your asset and must be "spent down" before you qualify for long term care in a nursing home. Also, because your revocable trust is your asset, it can also be reached by your creditors if you get sued.