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When is a lump-sum death payment paid?


428. When is a lump-sum death payment paid?

A lump-sum death payment may be made on the Social Security record of a worker who dies either fully or currently insured. The lump-sum is a one-time payment of $255 (see §700 for an exception). It is paid in addition to any monthly survivors insurance benefits that are due.

Last Revised: March, 2001

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wife deceased 09/29/2008

September 29, 2008 by Guest

to whom it may concern ,my brother lost his wife fromleukemia and has small children 9/10/12/15 these are the ages does he qualify for s.s. benefits he is now a single parent and needs help please help me solve this matter a.s.a.p. thank you very much for your help a sister desperate to help her brother. any info would be appreciated.

ss benifits

December 1, 2010 by Guest

He can receive checks for all the children and himself also as their caretaker/parent but he should be receiving benefits for the children for sure until they reach 18. Just tell him to go to SS office take death certificate with him and everyone's SS card and birth records!

ss benifits

December 1, 2010 by Guest

Yes he can and should be receiving checks for the children and possible himself. he needs to go to SS office and file a claim. Take death certificate, birth records and SS cards of the children and himself.

Loss Of Mother

March 11, 2012 by Guest

I loss my mother in October of 2011 && i am 19 years old and freshman college student. While in high school she recieved ssc for me and disability for herself. By me being in school and not having any parentals , am i elidgible for ssc benefits? please help ?

Social Security benefits for survivor in college

March 11, 2012 by David Luhman

There may be other programs (ex. college grants or loans), available to you. However, as far as I'm aware, you are not eligible for Social Security benefits.

For a child still in high school, one can qualify for Social Security benefits as the child of a disabled or deceased worker. However, such benefits are not available for children in college.

Payment status

May 18, 2012 by Guest

On April 25 I applied in person to the New Brunswick. Soc. sec building regarding my husbands death 2/08/12. He was 55
When does
PAmentbegin? I was told within two weeks, it is almost a month. I have a 17 yr old at home also which was mentioned at the office. Am I getting a lump sum? II believe Iwas going to receive monthly payments

Check application status online

May 18, 2012 by David Luhman

You can check the status of your application for survivor benefits online. Please allow 5 days from the date you originally filed your application before you use the service.

my son benefits

July 30, 2012 by Guest

my son father died when he was 12 his dad was a veteran in he was the youngest of 8 kids. is there some veteran benfefits for him? HE is 13yrs old know

Survivor benefits for son of veteran

July 30, 2012 by David Luhman

I recommend contacting Social Security regarding this. There's a good chance your son will qualify for Social Security survivor benefits.

Military personnel have been covered under Social Security since 1957, and those who served in 2001 or earlier receive special credits that augment their earnings for the purpose of computing Social Security benefits.

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