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She will have to report her profits, and it may cause a temporary interruption of her benefits for the week/month that she receives the money, but the disability payments should resume shortly thereafter.
I would suggest that she contact her case worker, discuss the situation and ask for help with managing this the best way possible.
In order to receive benefits, one must meet certain income requirements, not own more than a certain amount of properety, not have more than a certain amount of money in the bank, etc.
I don't know what kind of money she's going to come into (and she probably doesn't either at this point). However, when she does and reports the income, if she's over each agency's requirements for benefits, she will not be eligible until her income level falls below these requirements.
That's why it's important for her to contact each agency and see what the protocol or policy is on eligiblilty. Then she'll know what she's facing.
There's no way to protect the money - if she receives the income, she has to report it.
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