Q: Does SSI have to be paid back after death?
My grandfather died in june leaving his assets in trust to his son and daughter equally. His son (my dad) died before receiving his half of assets. My dad was on Supplemental Security Income at time of death and for last 10 years. The family says his half of the assets will pass into his estate to be distributed to his heirs. (Me and my sisters). Will Supplemental Security Income that he received for 10 years have to be paid back from the money put into his estate after his death, before we can receive any part of it? Thankyou for your time
SSI works differently than the Medicaid program. While the federal government has mandated that state Medicaid programs are to seek reimbursement from the estate of a deceased under certain circumstances, it does not extend to SSI benefits. That being said, if an overpayment was made by SSI to your grandfather's estate, then recovery may be required. All in all, the situation is too complex for a definitive answer on this forum. I recommend sitting down with a probate attorney to review your situation in detail and advise you.
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A: Mr. Popp's answer is perfect. If the Executor has not consulted with an attorney, he or she is foolish. Estate administration is much more complicated than most folks know. If you screw something up, you'll spend much more money getting it corrected.
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