A unanimous Supreme Court held that the funds in an inherited IRA do not qualify for exemption in bankruptcy because they do not share the same characteristics of "retirement funds" that traditional IRAs have.
In 2000, Ruth Heffron established a traditional IRA and named her daughter, Heidi Heffron-Clark, as the sole beneficiary. When Ms. Heffron died the next year, the IRA, worth at the time about $450,000, passed to Heidi as an inherited IRA. Heidi elected to take monthly distributions from the account.
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