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Social Security Benefits

Survivor’s benefits are paid every month to eligible family members. Also, if eligible, a one-time death payment of approximately $255 may be made. The amount of the monthly benefit depends on the deceased’s average lifetime earnings. The more he or she earned, the more the paid benefits will be.

Inform Social Security about the death

It is important that you phone Social Security at 1-800-772-1213 as soon after your loved one’s death as possible. You cannot report a death via their website.

Apply for your survivor’s benefits

Even if you are entitled to survivor’s benefits, you must still apply for them. They won’t be paid to you automatically. Simply call the toll-free number at 1-800-772-1213 or go to your local Social Security office. An appointment isn’t necessary, but it could save you a lot of wasted time.

Be prepared by having as much information to hand as possible (e.g. birth, marriage and death certificates), whether you choose to call or to go to your local office in person. A complete list of information required to claim survivor’s benefits is available on the website of the Social Security Administration.

Those who may receive monthly benefits:

A widow or widower age 60 (50 if disabled) or older or at any age if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled.

A divorced widow or widower age 60 (50 if disabled) or older if the marriage lasted 10 years or if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled.

Unmarried children up to 18 (19 if they are attending a primary or secondary school full-time).

Children who were disabled before reaching 22, as long as they remained disabled.

Dependent parent or parents 62 or older.

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