Medi-Cal Estate Recovery Claim

Dear Len & Rosie,

My friend's husband died two years ago after spending a year in a nursing home. He was a recipient of Medi-Cal. After his death, the state sent out an estate claim form asking about his assets. She was advised by an attorney at that time that, as a widow, her house would automatically pass on to her children. Last month, the director of the funeral home I know said that it wasn't so. He said that the state could step in and her children would have to fight to get their inheritance.