The England and Wales Court of Protection has approved an application for the £170,000 inheritance of a 21 year old woman (LMS) with a learning disability to be placed into a disabled person's trust (rather than inherited outright) so that it will be protected from benefits means testing. 

It does seem a little strange that the Court decided that the "significant operative purpose" of creating the Trust was to better effect the wishes of LMS' late grandfather who had intended his granddaughter to benefit financially from her inheritance, rather than to allow LMS to receive her benefits (despite this appearing to be a clear motivation to bring the case to Court). 

It is important to note that the decision is not binding on any benefits authorities.  

As always, it is advisable to take advice before writing your Will if you are intending to benefit individuals who are receiving means tested provision, in order to determine the most effective way of achieving this.