Your father is correct. Your inheritance is not subject to estate tax or income tax (you get to keep all $25,000).
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It is unlikely your creditors can directly take your inheritance. If there are judgments against you, your bank account can be garnished, however.
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Inheritances are not taxable income. The income that inheritances generate (such as interest if it is invested during the time of administration) is be taxable but with $25,000 that would be very unlikely to amount to much.
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