Buffalo, NY asked in Social Security for New York

Q: I'm on social security disability but expect to receive a large inheritance from my grandmother shortly. Will I have to

report this? Could I potentially lose my disability money?

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1 Lawyer Answer
Cristina M. Lipan
Cristina M. Lipan
  • Brooklyn, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: It depends if you're receiving SSD (Title II) or SSI (Title XVI). Title II is based on your work history and that you paid into the system (like an insurance program). Under Title II, your income/assets are not relevant. The only income that is considered is if you've received other public benefits (workers comp, public assistance), then you would need to tell them. If you were approved under Title XVI, there are limits to the amount of income/assets you can have, so you may lose that, since it is needs based.

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