christhelawyer : HiWelcome to JustAnswer. My first response will follow shortly. Please feel free to follow up if anything is not clear
christhelawyer : You do have an obligation to tell WINZ about the money as part of your continuing obligation. If you put this is someone else's name and you were caught, your benefit would be cancelled and you may have to pay this back.
christhelawyer : that may not be the answer you wanted but in the end you need to balance your conscience and the risk of being caught.
I understand that. I want to be honest, I know this is a privelage and not a right. I just need to know if they will stop my benefit???
christhelawyer : I am checking this. Their website is not entirely clear, and I am also checking the legislation.
Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX appreciate this. I do have a conscience and will be telling them the truth. I just want to go in there knowing what my rights are.
christhelawyer : I think the obligation is to declare the legacy, but how it affects the benefit is not so clear.
christhelawyer : I am still looking
christhelawyer : the bonds of course do not earn income, which you would otherwise have to declare, so this is clear.
christhelawyer : The legacy is not income of course
christhelawyer : I am sorry it has taken a while, but I actually rang them and was directed to the manual, which says this benefit is income tested but not asset tested. So this should not affect you benefit.
christhelawyer : So that is better news.
christhelawyer : I looked though the manual which confirms this, and I can send you a link for yourself if you want
yes please Chris, would appreciate that. Just thought I'd let you know that your computer is telling me I asked this question yesterday??? cheers
christhelawyer : While I am in New Zealand the service is US based so has yesterday's time. http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/manuals-and-procedures/income_support/main_benefits/domestic_purposes_benefit_-_sole_parents/content.htm
Thanks for that Chris, my main concern was dad's money - I know he would turn in his grave if I had to forfeit this. At least I know now where I stand. Thank you and have a great day, well whats left of it anyway