In the 1930s Franklin D Roosevelt created a lump sum death benefit, which today is the very same amount the Social Security Administration offers to a surviving spouse or child under the age of 18. Upon one’s death, we immediately notify the Social Security Administration with the necessary form they require, as well as supply the family with information benefits and how they may affect monthly checks.
How To Apply for Benefits
You may apply for benefits by telephone or by going to any Social Security Office. Some of the documents & information you may need are outlined below. You should begin the application process without delay. This will enable you to determine the documents you have and which documents you may need to obtain. Your Social Security Office can help you with this.
You will need to submit original documents or copies certified by the issuing office. You can bring them to the Social Security Office or mail them. If mailed, a certified return receipt requested is advised. Social Security will make photo copies and return your documents to you.
Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
If you are 65 or older, disabled, or blind, ask the Social Security representative about the Supplemental Society Income (SSI) checks for people with limited income & resources. If you receive SSI, you may qualify for Medicaid, food stamps, and other social services.
For More Information
Write, visit, or telephone any Social Security Office. The toll-free-number is 1-800-772-1213. You can speak with a representative 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. New Haven Office: 150 Court St. (866) 331-5281
If a person dies in the closing days of the month, the family would not be entitled to keep the check which arrives from the Social Security Administration on the 3rd day of the following month.
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