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Will inheriting affect my eligibility to receive disability?

Someone asked the question "If I receive an inheritance, will I lose my disability payments?"

Depending on the stipulations set forth in the inheritance, this is how it would be processed. If it is just a basic inheritance, it will not be a problem for social security disability beneficiaries, because the title II program does not care about assets in any sense. However, if SSI is involved, it gets more complicated because with SSI a person is not eligible to receive benefits if they have at least $2000.00 in countable assets. Say he inherited $2000.00 in cash. The money would be counted as income the first month the inheritance was received and as a resource until the money is spent.

So what does that mean? It simply means that after the first month of receiving the inheritance, any amount the person has that is in excess of $2000.00 will make them not eligible to get SSI. It also means that once the individual has spent money on legitimate things (remember to keep receipts), down to under $2000.00, which is the asset-resource limit for an individual (for couples, the limit is $3000.00), the individual can receive SSI again.

The best advice, of course, for someone who has received an inheritance is to contact their local social security office so the issue of the inheritance can properly be addressed. The last thing a person wants to do is be charged with an overpayment.

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Information on the following topics can be found here: Social Security Disability Questions and in these subsections:

Frequently asked questions about getting Denied for Disability Benefits | FAQ on Disability Claim Representation | Info about Social Security Disability Approvals and Being Approved | FAQ on Social Security Disability SSI decisions | The SSD SSI Decision Process and what gets taken into consideration | Disability hearings before Judges | Medical exams for disability claims | Applying for Disability in various states | Selecting and hiring Disability Lawyers | Applying for Disability in North Carolina | Recent articles and answers to questions about SSD and SSI

These pages provide answers to basic questions about pursuing disability benefits

How and why to check Social Security Disability Status
Social Security Disability back pay
Non medical requirements for disability
Qualifying for disability, SSD SSI
When does social security consider you eligible for disability benefits?
Who qualifies for SSI?
Forms to complete when filing, applying for disability
How long does SSDI and SSI disability take to get?
Filing for disability with Depression
Can You Get Approved For SSI or SSD Benefits with a Mental Condition
How long for a disability judge to make a decision?
While you are in your disability interview
The SSD and SSI definition of disability
Filing for disability with carpal tunnel syndrome
Social Security Disability SSI and Fibromyalgia
Can you work if you get a disability check?
Disability application denied
File for disability, the application
How to get disability benefits
Conditions that get approved for disability
How to Appeal a disability claim denial from Social Security