and if I do get bounced off SSI the amt of money would last possibly 1 year due to my medical expenses Are there other areas to explore as far as creatively keeping the cash
SSI is welfare disability and is means tested. This normally means you cannot have more than $2,000 in liquid assets. If you do you will be disqualified until that amount is spent for reasonable expenses that lower your asset level below $2,000.00. Perhaps you could spend it down for exempt assets such as one car.
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In addition to the ides offered by Mr Lutkenhaus, you would benefit from a consultation with an elder law attorney in your area regarding the possibility that a special needs trust will protect your inheritance for you use without disrupting your monthly SSI benefits. With such a trust SSI beneficiaries can enjoy the benefit (though not the ownership) of liquid assets in excess of $2,000.
Best wishes for a favorable outcome, and please remember to designate a best answer.
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The amountou can have and the amount you can spend are fairly tightly regulated. There are also other effets of the inheritance - losing medical eligibility too, for one example.
Talk to an elder law lawyer. Depending on the amount involved, a special needs trust may help - or declining the inheritance may be a possibility too
Best of luck to you!
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