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I am a 61 year old male who is, & has been for some time,

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I am a 61 year old male who is, & has been for some time, retired on disability. I get a 100% disability pension from the VA, & another disability check from Social Security. I recently came into some money from an inheritance. My question is: If I invest some of that inheritance money in the stock market, will my social security be decreased? I am pretty sure that my VA money will not be affected.
Thank you,
David O Dixon ***@******.***
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  LawTalk replied 2 months ago.

Good afternoon David,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

Fortunately, inheriting money or receiving money as a gift does not have any effect on your continuing eligibility for social security disability (SSDI).

Likewise, the only kind of income that will cause you problems with SSDI eligibility is income that you earn from work. If you take assets that you already own---such as an inheritance---and invest that money in something like the stock market or a rental property, then all the income from that investment is deemed passive income, because you are not working to earn the income. And so you investment income is all passive income and again, will not effect your SSDI benefits in any wat what-so-ever.

Your VA benefits will not be effected by passive income either. You are good to go my friend.

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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,


Expert:  LawTalk replied 2 months ago.

Hi David,

This seems like a very crucial matter for you, and your questions and issues suggest that an in-depth conversation might best suit your needs. If you are interested, for a very nominal charge I can offer you a private phone conference as opposed to continuing in this question and answer thread which is searchable and viewable by the public.

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Thanks in advance,