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Yes any change in income can cause you to loose SSI for awhile.It is income based any change from a settlement or inheritance will possibly affect your benefits.This is only true with SSI here not SSDI.It may be possible for the lawyer to create and fund a special needs trust to avoid this problem.This is a trust exempt as a resource used for the persons personal needs.
Here is information about a Special Needs Trust to shelter the settlement and avoid loss of benefits.
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So no the judgment has no effect.They cannot garnish the SSI or your bank account if this is the only funds in it.This is prohibited by federal law from garnishment.It should have no effect.
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