Re: SSI queastion
You say the money is in a trust fund. Is it a Special Needs Trust Fund? If so, it has been set up to help you keep receiving SSI, and the money in the trust fund can only be used for specific items (ones that SSI doesn't handle), and it has to be doled out gradually. If it is just a normal, ordinary trust fund, as soon as you have more than $2000 in assets, your SSI will be affected. I don't believe you can set up your own SNT with your own money - I believe someone else has to set it up for you, and make the rules. You really need to get your brother to check into this with his lawyer, and make sure the lawyer knows you are receiving SSI, before you actually receive any money from the inheritance.