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If I filed chapter 7 bankruptcy in Minnesota 9 years ago and it was discharged can my lump sum disability payment be garnished today?

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Congress speciifically excluded Social Security disability benefits from the median income test calculations. This means that your Social Security benefits do not count when calculating your household income for median income/means test purposes. Further, there is a good chance that your on-going Social Security benefits will be considered as an exempt assets, although you should discuss with your lawyer about whether any lump sum owed you for past due benefits is exempt. On the other hand, on-going Social Security benefits are counted when you create your bankruptcy budget (Schedules I and J), so your SSDI benefits may change your disposable income picture. If you are in a Chapter 13 and receive your Social Security disability award, you and your lawyer may need to modify your plan. Your Social Security lawyer may also need to seek Bankruptcy Court approval for his fees.
In any case, filing bankruptcy does not cancel or impact your right to receive Social Security benefits. So while your benefit MAY be subject to garnishment...not for anything from your BK...the BK makes no difference now...those debts were discharged.
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