Michigan is one of the few states (so far) that does NOT automatically place a lien on the home when you apply for Medicaid. As you have your assets passing through a trust and NOT through probate court when you die, the State of Michigan will not recover money from your assets when you die. With a special type of trust (we call it a Root Cellar Trust), your house is protected, and not considered a countable asset if you need skilled care. You can even sell your house if it has been in the Root Cellar trust for at least 5 years before you need skilled care. A revocable living trust can be used to protect the house from going through probate court. However, when the house is in a revocable living trust, as a general rule, you can’t sell the house while the patient is in the nursing home without turning the money from the sale over to the state.