affect of benefits due to inheritance?

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anzers101 Wed 19-Apr-17 16:13:57


the position is i am a occupany lived in own house over 40 years currently on benefitt due to serious health matters ex carer.
Due to probate probable will attain a 3rd of house and inherit monies; i havetried to find out through solicitor how it will affect my benefit no answer from solicitor, can anyone please help me. i am si in shock it is avvecting my health thank me. (apologies if typing bad i ahve slight dyslexai)

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Babyroobs Wed 19-Apr-17 16:26:28

It depends what benefits you are receiving. generally speaking any means tested benefits such as Housing benefit, ESA ( income related) etc will be affected by anything over £16k.
With tax credits you have to declare any interest on capital over £300 interest.
What are you claiming at the moment?
Disability benefits such as DLA or Pip are non means tested and won't be affected by inheritance.

opengoal Wed 19-Apr-17 16:50:04

It would be better to contact a CAB for advice, a solicitor is unlikely to be a benefits specialist. You might be able to retain ESA if it is contributions based rather than income based. And PIP/DLA as mentioned above. Which benefits are you claiming right now and will you be able to live in the inherited house? The value of the house won't count if you're living in it but if you sell it or rent it out then the value will count.

anzers101 Wed 19-Apr-17 16:52:07

esa disability component

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Babyroobs Wed 19-Apr-17 16:52:57

Is it contributions based ESA or income based ESA, it makes a difference.

anzers101 Wed 19-Apr-17 16:53:01

benn told dwp will class the assets as is

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Babyroobs Wed 19-Apr-17 16:54:29

It should tell you on an ESA award letter if it is contributions based or income based.


anzers101 Wed 19-Apr-17 16:54:54

occupancy of hhome

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anzers101 Wed 19-Apr-17 16:59:47

no award letter

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Babyroobs Wed 19-Apr-17 17:01:46

Perhaps you need to ring esa then and find out which one you are receiving. Sometimes people get both income related and contributions based. If that is the case for you then I imagine the income related part would stop .
Do you have a working partner?

anzers101 Wed 19-Apr-17 17:01:51

i recieve £10 in disability was made dwp with esa

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peaceout Wed 19-Apr-17 17:01:52

if you inherit a large sum of money and a property then surely you'll no longer be eligible for (or need) benefits?

anzers101 Wed 19-Apr-17 17:02:30

i am single ecxcarer

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anzers101 Wed 19-Apr-17 17:03:32

i am suffering from deprssion thats what i am worried about!

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anzers101 Wed 19-Apr-17 17:04:27

esa/ single

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Lessthanaballpark Wed 19-Apr-17 17:05:15

I imagine that you will be able to live off the money until it runs beneath the cut off line.

Is it not a good thing?

Babyroobs Wed 19-Apr-17 17:05:24

Sorry I have no idea what you mean with the £10 ?
Peaceout - If op is on contributions based esa it is non means tested so even with a large inheritance she would still get it. Likewise with pip or dla or attendance allowance.

anzers101 Wed 19-Apr-17 17:06:29

thats what i am worried about

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Shakey15000 Wed 19-Apr-17 17:07:28

And once inheritance money or assets drop below the threshold (16k??) then I think you can claim benefits again

Babyroobs Wed 19-Apr-17 17:07:44

What are you worried about ?

Babyroobs Wed 19-Apr-17 17:08:25

Yes above £6k and below £16k I think they taper benefits.

Babyroobs Wed 19-Apr-17 17:09:59

Are you the executer? Is that is what is worrying you ? If so if you feel you can't handle it because of your depression you can appoint a solicitor to do the job for you. it does cost quite a bit. The probate forms are stressful.

DrasticAction Thu 20-Apr-17 10:08:12

I have just done probate and they are not too bad really. You could also ask on legal matters ( on here under other stuff) if you want help with probate forms op. smile

anzers101 Fri 21-Apr-17 06:04:38

can you be more specific, what is classed as assets? thank you

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