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Is It Legal To Relinquish Your Inheritance While On Social Benefits & Housing?

My two daughters have been made executor’s of there late grandparents will & will inherited the property. The legal procedures are coming to a close Inheritance tax etc, they are at the point of receiving a few £’s from the bank accounts & changing the deeds on the property Daughter 1 lives at home & is working, Daughter 2 lives in a council flat & is on benefits at the moment, which she hates & is very embarrassed about “but needs must”. Her/our worry is that if she inherits half of the property she will lose her council flat and benefits. The house is in a terrible state of disrepair which they don’t have the money to repair it,or they can sell it but that would take months in the current climate & the state of the property. As my daughter is so worried that she will be made homeless she wants to relinquish any rights to the property. What I’m asking is would she lose her home/ council flat with this inheritance & would relinquishing it solve the problem.The inheritance is a blessing which they are both very thankful, but unfortunately Tesco & Eon don’t except Bricks & Mortar as payment & the Council can be very difficult at the best of times, If she losses her council flat she will not have a home.She will have 50% of a property that no one can live in or sell. PS They haven’t asked the solicitor because they are worried it would become another issue for him to deal with and the Bill is already roughly £7.500. which I am picking the tab up for them.Some friendly advice would be great. Many thanks

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3 Responses to “Is It Legal To Relinquish Your Inheritance While On Social Benefits & Housing?”

  1. Jan409 says:

    Your daughter and her sister would be far better to put the property up for auction, and that will give them a quick sale, rather than worry themselves sick about repairs etc Houses sell if the price is right, and a cheap house needing work done will be snapped up by a developer. If and when she gets money from the sale , minus expenses, then yes she’ll have to inform the benefits agency, but she’d be far better doing that than relinquishing an inheritance

  2. Politically Correct says:

    Your daughters are executors? I think you mean beneficiaries although of course they could be both. What they should do is sell the house before the estate is wound up so that they inherit the cash If this takes a couple of years that should not matter. The inheritance will definitely affect your daughter’s benefits but only when she actually receives it which is why it is important it be cash. Alternatively if there is money as well as bricks and mortar, one daughter could receive the house and the other the cash. No reason for you to pay the solicitor by the way, his bill will be settled from the estate.

  3. PAMELA says:

    When she gets the money she will have to tell the benefits people and hope for the best,she cannot refuse it,any inheritances are registered with works and pensions,they will find out,she won’t lose her house,she will just lose the benefits,she can ask the council to do the work that needs to be done.

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