Most states, including Texas, have a Medicaid Estate Recovery Program (MERP) that allows them to ask the family for reimbursement from the estate after death. Trusts can be created to protect the majority of your assets from falling victim to MERP and ensure the future of your heirs. In addition, the Texas Ladybird Deed allows the home to transfer outside of probate. It is no longer considered an asset of the estate and can’t be used by Medicaid to recover costs. Careful planning can prevent the loss of assets in the probate process. Call us to discuss your options.