An inheritance is one of the few assets that you might receive after filing for bankruptcy that can be reachable by a bankruptcy trustee. The inheritance is reachable if you receive it within the 180 day period after you file for bankruptcy. It is intended to discourage the distasteful type of bankruptcy planning where someone with debts files for bankruptcy protection when hearing the news that the death of a wealthy relative is imminent.
But the 180 days applies to everyone regarding of nefarious motive or simply bad timing.
I agree with both attorneys. It is all in the timing. Talk with your BK attorney.
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