Can money I inherited be garnished by the state to pay for medical bills that my husband acquired before we were married?

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Can money I inherited be garnished by the state to pay for medical bills that my husband acquired before we were married?

The money is in a trust fund in only my name.

Asked on December 25, 2012 under Estate Planning, Oklahoma

Answers:

Victor Waid / Law Office of Victor Waid

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the money was put in a trust fund for you before he died, with no conditions of control on his part during life, probably not. But if the death triggered your right to the trust fund to you, then it was a inheritance to you; the medical bills incurred,  the state is entitled to recover their outlays; you are not entitled to an inheritance at the taxpayer expense, if the taxpayer paid his medical bills.


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