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1 N.J.A.R. 155

L., M.; Camden County Board of Social Services v
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Citation: 1 N.J.A.R. 155
Decision Date: 1980
Agency: DIVISION OF PUBLIC WELFARE
Synopsis: A local county welfare board ternfinated respondent's participation in the Food Stamp Program clainfing that a $5,000 auto accident settlement received by respondent's son should be counted as includable resources for the household thus raising its resources above the $1,750 limit contained in N.J.A.C. 10:87-7.13(a)2. The administrative law judge found that the funds under the settlement were placed in a trust fund maintained by the county surrogate under court order until the son would reach 21; that the principal of the trust had been invested and that the investments did not assist any business controlled by a family member; that no household member has the power to revoke the trust and that the trust arrangement was not likely to change during the time for which the respondent would be found eligible for food stamps. Accordingly, the judge concluded that the trust was inaccessible to respondent within the meaning of N.J.A.C. 10:87-4.8 and thus should not be included as a financial resource of the household. Thus, the termination of food stamp benefits were reversed.
Rule(s) Cited: 10:87-3.19