If a spouse or parent dies, you may be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits. This is a guide about receiving Social Security survivor benefits.
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My son's father passed away before my son was born. Can my son still receive survivor benefits even if his father did not sign his birth certificate?
By Betty Gibson07/18/2011
The readers are right, check with you Social Security Ofc. The phone # is on the phone book in the blue pages, or you can get the 800 # online. Most questions can be answered over the phone; in some cases, you can apply over the phone.
My husband is wanting to adopt my daughter and she receives Social Security from her father who passed away while I was pregnant. Will she still get her Social Security checks if she takes my husband's last name and does not have her father's last name?
By Courtney P. from Knoxville, TN
By Janice Kasony06/06/2011
My husband died of cancer in 1986 when my son was 18 months of age. My son received Social Security survivor's benefits until age 18, even though he was adopted by my husband after I remarried. We even got a replacement birth certificate with his "new" last name. Don't know if the rules have changed since then, so it's best to check with your local Social Security office.
My son's father recently passed. We were not together and even though he didn't sign the birth certificate and wouldn't give his DNA for child support he was put down as the father and was ordered to pay child support, since he wouldn't fight it. My son is 4 years old. Will he receive a check off his father?
By Gina G
The deceasedents mother might have to provide her DNA. Parenthood can be established under the law. If mother isn't possible then his father.
I usually offer a tip, but now I have a question. My husband and I receive Social Security benefits. Does the surviving spouse receive a portion of decedent's SS benefit? If divorced? If so, what percentage? If someone can offer a link or other resource for the answer I would appreciate it. Thank you!
I had some months ago contacted SS office online by email. No response. Thanks to all of you!
How do I go about drawing Social Security for my child when his father died two months before he was born in 2007 and now here it is 2013?
By Ashley L.
You should have contacted SS the day he died. As soon as the child was born he would draw a SS check until the age of 18.
My son was born in January of last year. His father and I were not married and his dad lived in a different state. My son was born on a weekend and although his dad was there, nobody was there put him on the birth certificate. He never made it back down before he died in April. So my question is will the state of Tennessee help me get him on the birth certificate so that I can apply for the benefits?
By Becca J
By Carol Swanson04/01/2013
Phone the National Toll Free Number for Social Security Administration to determine your rights.
My sister and I were 12 and 17, when our father passed away. That was 16 years ago. He was 41 years old at the time. I'm not sure when he became a US citizen, but it must of been at least 5 years prior to his death. My question is how can I find out if we are now at this day and age eligible to receive his survival benefits if any and if these even apply?
By Liz N.
I have three daughters one is 18 and is graduating high school, I'm wanting to know if her benefit payments will be split amongst the other two who are 15 and 16.
My daughter's father passed when she was 13 months old. His name was not on the birth certificate. She is in his obituary as his daughter, but when I went to try and get benefits that wasn't enough proof. I have tried several times since his death and still was denied. Now she is 16 and I want to try and get DNA from his mom or brothers, but is it too late since she is 16? What else can I do to get the benefits that are owed to her?
By Ivella B
I'm pretty sure I want to get any benefits. But right now I am doing the DNA test just so we know. His sister is doing the test with us. $599 dollars right now with the diagnostics clinic.
My ex and I were married for over 34 years. Can I get his Social Security although we were not married when he passed away?
By M. T
Hi - you can draw from your ex-husband's social security if you are eligible for SS and was married over 5 years - and if you have not remarried and your own amount is less than what you would receive from his.
I believe the amount from his will be 1/2 of his total but Social Security benefits are changing all the time so you will need to go to your local office for the "truth".
I would carry divorce papers and you will need the date of marriage also - carry your wedding certificate if you have it. They should have the date you changed your last name on record with other information.
When I was 2 years old my father passed away from cancer and my mother didn't take care of me. In fact she was and still is a drug addict. Is it possible to apply for benefits after 14 years because I had no way of applying myself at the age of 2.
By Cheyenne P. from Flint, Mi
I don't have any advice, I just want to add my sympathy that you have had it so hard. I hope you hang in there and use all your god given talents to be a good person and realise your potential.
My daughter has been receiving Social Security benefits from her father's death. She has since had a child of her own, which I now have guardianship of. If I end up adopting my grandchild, will she be able to receive her grandfather's Social Security as well?
By Teresa F.
Hi - You did not give the age of your daughter so there will be questions asked - are you still receiving benefits for your daughter? Does she still live with you? Does she receive the checks?
I believe that I read somewhere that something like that could be considered fraud.. Not sure but you should be able to get the answer to your questions at the SS office. Best to start there.
My ex husband died leaving 2 children in college, age 19 and 20. Are they eligible for any benefits?
By Suzette M from Lynn, MA
By Marie Brack08/10/2013
Yes. Call the local Social Security office or go there and sign them up. Call first to see what documentation they will need you to bring.
My son's father passed away at the age of 21. He really was so young and didn't work enough or pay into SSI enough. Is my son entitled to anything since his father was so young when he passed away?
My daughter's father also passed away at the age of 21. I checked to see if she could get ssi or survivor's benefits. I could not because he didn't have enough work credits yet. However, this was back in 1981 when I applied. Rules may have changed since then. I would suggest that you go ahead and apply. The worse thing that can happen is that they say no.
I have been receiving a SSI check due to my father since I was 6. Now I'm 16 and ready to get a job. If I apply for a job will I lose my SSI check?
By M.I.C from Adairsville, GA
Once you turn 18 the check will be cut off or if you are disabled, the check will continue.
I'm 18 years old and plan on moving out of my mother's house. I recently got my Social Security check back from my father's death. My mother tells me that since I am still a student in school I still receive it, but on the other hand she tells me if I move out I won't receive it anymore. When I move out I'm still going to be a student. Shouldn't I still be able to receive my SS check if I'm living on my own and still in school because I'm 18 and the check is in my name. If I move out and she receives the check without me being there would that be considered fraud? How would I go about receiving the check on my own? Please help. I need answers.
By Christina V. from Avon, IN
Discuss this with your local social security office.
When my husband passed my son and daughter and I were receiving survivor benefits; a set amount for the three of us. Then my son turned 16 and they stopped my widow's benefits and split the same amount between my two kids. Now my daughter has graduated and my son is left with only half the entitlement. Is that right or do I need to talk to the SS administration?
By latimore-carson from SC
Talking to you Social Security Office would be the best thing to do.
My dad passed away when I was 11. I'm now 21. I received SS checks, but my mom always put them in her bank account. I think she only should have gotten a portion of it, not all. I would never try to take my mother to court, but I've always wondered if this was ever fair?
By Lucinda Heaney K.09/24/2013
The money was for your Mom to raise you.
My father died when I was 6 years old and my mother died when I was 12. I then moved with my aunt and she became my legal guardian. I was told she would receive money for us until we turned 18. I am now 18 years old and I'm in college and I'm wondering when will I begin receiving the money.
By Eileen M.09/27/2013
I would check with Social Security office, but I'm afraid that once you are an "adult" you stop getting any benefits unless you are somehow disabled... Good luck!
I know you get it until you're twenty if you stay in school. If I move out will I still draw it?
My daughter is receiving survivor benefits. We live in PA, I was told by the social security office that benefits will end when she graduates high school or turns 19, which ever comes first. Child support has the same rule.
My husband died 4 years ago. We had two biological children that receive benefits. My youngest daughter was not his biological child, but he signed her birth certificate and was the only father she knew. She was denied benefits, why?
Talk to your local Social Security Office.
My daughter is 19 now, her dad passed away when she was 17 and she got benefits for a year and a half. She was told when she turned 19 or graduated from high school she would not be eligible anymore. Are there any benefits she can apply for since she is going to college now?
Visit your Social Security office (better than phone) because the age limit has been changed. Be prepared with all documents or you may have to make a second trip.
When one child turns 18 and loses his SSDB, does the other child get his portion? My son turned 18, my daughter is 5; will she get his portion of their father's death benefit?
Yes, that is true. The benefit amount is the same no matter how many children. When one child turns 18, the other will receive his money.
My son's dad passed away Aug. 15, 2011. I didn't file for benefits when he passed away because he wasn't on the birth certificate. Now that my son sees his family more often they keep pushing me to file for benefits. They said they are willing to write a letter stating he is the father. My question is: is it too late to file for benefits?
A friend of the family says he'll get backpay from when his dad passed away, is that true?
My friend has 3 children. After the 3rd child was born, the mother passed away. The children started receiving SSI benefits. He is about to get remarried and she wants to adopt the children. Will the children still receive SSI if she adopts them?
The only way anybody gets SSI benefits is if they are disabled. These kids might be getting survivor's benefits. Your friend should talk to the local Social Security Office.
My wife passed away a little over a month ago; she was disabled. I applied for death benefits for my children right away. How long from the application does it take to start receiving money for them?
Was it approved? My children received theirs the following month. When we applied, the lady at the office told us the date, and that was when it came.
My son is 15 and he lives at home with me, his father. His mother just passed away the 21st. What I want to know is two things. She had been trying to get disability and they were just about to go to court. I called her lawyer and he said that there are different types of disability cases and that even if she has passed they will still have court and that the kids would get her back pay. The other two are 19 and 21. My next question is can I apply for survivors' benefits being she hadn't worked the last few years? Thanks. Lost Dad
Hello and I am sure the Thrifty community wish you and your family many blessings in this sad time in your life.
It does seem that your wife's attorney would answer some of your questions but if not (or you just want more info) you should go in person to your local Social Security office. Be sure to have all of your information with you so maybe one trip will suffice.
I do not believe you will receive any benefit (other than "burial" benefit) but your one or more of your children may be eligible. Age is a big factor here so the SS office is the best place to get your "real" answers as all cases are different and depend on many factors.
I believe the death of your wife will probably cancel the disability case as those benefits would have been for her but I really have never dealt with a case like this.
Maybe when you have some answers you could post your case here again?
My dad passed away in September of this year. I am a disabled adult. I was approved for survivor benefits. Will I get back pay survivor benefits for September, October, and November? I haven't received any payment yet?
By Mandy J
Who approved your application? Did your Dad take care of you before he died?
You will have to ask your questions with whomever approved you for benefits or Social Security office (in person).
My son has lost his dad's survivors benefit because I was recently was approved for SSDI. He will get 50%. I'm happy about that, but feel bad for him that he loses his dad's benefit which his dad payed into. We were not married and did not live together. Why is this and can I fight it? My SSDI is more than his survivor benefit.
How old is your son? That could have something to do with it. Talk to your local Social Security Office and see what they say. They will know more about it, than we do. What were you living off before you got your disability? Most cases that I have heard of the amount of disability payments are less if there is other income in the house.
If a father signs his rights away for his child and that child has been legally adopted, and years later her biological father (that signed his rights away) passes away, will that child be eligible to get his death benefits?
By Melissa M. from Blue Springs, MO
If the child has been legally adopted then she is the adoptive parents child in every sense of the word. She has no legal ties or rights to anything of her birth parents. That includes no legal right to benefits from either of her biological parents. The adoption cut all ties to her birth/biological parents.
My husband was getting social security and I am on disability. He past away last week. Will I get any of his social security check plus my disability, or just mine?
It is always best to go in person to your local social security office for this type of information. There may be several scenarios to see what might give you the most money and they can give you this information.
My husband died two years ago at work. My little girl receives worker's comp and Social Security. Should I also get Social Security? We were married when he died. We were just living apart because we were relocating. I was still living in Georgia and he was living in Florida getting us a place ready.
Hi - who applied for your daughter to receive benefits? This should have been answered at that time but you should check with your local Social Security office if your case has not already been decided.
My 8 year old son's father passed on 11/29. He did not have a relationship with our son, but paid child support on time and has been proven to be the biological father via DNA testing in 2006. My son's father was married (but his wife had just filed for divorce the week before) and has a 6 year old son with his wife. I filed for benefits for my son, but the gentleman I spoke with said that they couldn't file my son's application until his father's widow came in and filed and application for her and her son. Is this correct? I've spoken to her twice since filing and she doesn't have any desire to file. My hands feel completely tied.
There are a lot of variables and only an attorney or your Social Security office can give you information for your situation.
Of course, filing for divorce means nothing in this situation but it is possible you may need an attorney to help you - try children's services as well as talking to another Social Security person.
Last year my father died and we applied for the Social Security check. My mother has been telling me that we haven't been getting it, but I recently found out that she had been keeping them and not giving it to me and my little brother. Is this legal? What do I do?
Hi - I believe that redhatterb gave an excellent answer.
Social Security benefits are for the adult who is taking care of you and your little brother - providing shelter, food, clothing and anything else necessary for your survival. They are not obligated to give you any of this benefit money but they are obligated to use this money to take care of you.
When you are old enough move out and become self supporting then you may request your share be sent to you to assist with your support.
You can check with Social Security to find out exactly what your "rights" are.
My mother died when I was three months old and I was passed from house to house until I was 16. I wanted to know now at the age of 28 can I still apply for survivor benefits or is it too late.
Talk to your local Social Security Office. That being said as far as I know they are for spouses and minor children. What is meant for the minor children is to support them, not for them to have as spending money.
I'm currently receiving Social Security benefits until I graduate or turn age 19. Would my son be able to receive them? He was born a month ago?
You need to go in person to your local social security office and carry all necessary paper work.
My son's father was on SSI before he died, is my son entitled to benefits now that he's passed on?
By Weavre Cooper12/22/2013
It depends on his age. Here's what Social Security has to say:
Your unmarried children who are under 18 (up to age 19 if attending elementary or secondary school full time) can be eligible to receive Social Security benefits when you die.
And your child can get benefits at any age if he or she was disabled before age 22 and remains disabled.
Besides your natural children, your stepchildren, grandchildren, step grandchildren or adopted children may receive benefits under certain circumstances.
My children's father disappeared over ten years ago. We recently learned he died about 10 years ago. Are they entitled to collect their missed Social Security now?
By Mb from AZ
By Eileen M.12/31/2013
Check with your local social security office. Be sure you bring birth certificates, etc to show how the kids are related. Good luck!
My daughter just passed away with 2 of her 4 children eligible for her Social Security benefits. Who files for the benefits and are those checks made out to the child or what? The father of the youngest son is out of state and will soon take him home with him. We don't want the father to benefit from these checks, but would like them to go to a trust for the boy. Please help.
By Carol A
By mary martin12/31/2013
Your local Social Security office will answer all your questions. Each situation is different and only they will have the answers. Don't rely on outsiders to advise you as there are as many opinions as there are questions. Go to the professional source. They have trained individuals in these matters.
I'm getting money for my two older children. I would just like to know the rules on how the money is allowed to be used or can we put it in a saving account?
By mary martin12/31/2013
The best place to get your answer is your local Social Security office. Nobody here can answer your question correctly. I don't know why people rely on sources outside the official office for answers. Contact Social Security for information relating to your specific situation
My mom has been taking my check since I was 13, buying unnecessary thing with it. I never see a dime. I turn 18 in three days. Do I have to go through my mom to get my check, or can I set up a bank account and finally receive my own money? The check is coming from my deceased father, and I'll still be in school.
By Lacey F
You have received some very good answers. Your social security office can answer all of your questions as all cases are different so no one answer would be correct.
Most likely, as long as you live with an adult that takes care of your needs - they will receive the check and usually do not have to answer to anyone as how it is spent.
My father passed when I was one month old and I never received Social Security. Is it too late to get Social Security if I'm over the age of 18? I am currently 28 years old.
By Linda W.01/08/2014
I would call social security office. Someone may have been given benefits to use to support you as you were growing up. Then you will know and the rest is up to you.
Can a child receive Social Security benefits if the parent that dies never worked?
My granddaughter's mother passed away. She lives with her mother's parents. Her father is still alive, paternity was established and child support was ordered, but they never let the child interact with him. I see my granddaughter every weekend. I was wondering if I can find out if my granddaughter is receiving death benefits from social security?
Why should this be any concern of yours? It was your grandaughter's mother that passed away and the child is living with her maternal grandparents. They are the ones supporting her. You get to see her every week end, why hasn't your son been able to see her? There must be a good reason for that. I would say if you were the one raising her then you should be getting survivor''s benefits. That being said people have to work a certain amount of time in order to receive Social Security and I would think that same rule would apply to survivor's benefits. Call your local Social Security Office and talk to them but more than likely they will tell you they are unable to give you any information.
My daughter's father died at the age of 16 (I had her as a teenager). I have a job, but he never had a job. Can she receive survivor benefits?
By Chantel W.
Hi - your best bet is to gather all your information (SS#'s for yourself and your daughter) and go to your local Social Security office and ask them your questions.
Your husband must have had a SS number if he & you filed income taxes? If so take his number also.
My son is in DFACS and I have not received his benefits in over a year. When he returns home will he receive all his money?
By mitephrab from Atlanta, GA
My father died 3 years ago of cancer at a young age. Am I able to get his Social Security benefits? I am a single mom of two and I am having a hard time making ends meet. This would help me greatly.
I'm not sure about this, but being you are an adult I honestly don't see how you would qualify for survivor's benefits from your late Dad's Social Security. It would be different if you had a spouse and he had died. Call your local Social Security Office and make an appointment to talk to them. You aren't the only one having a hard time making ends meet, there are a lot of people in that situation.
My father passed away and I received something in the mail that he is entitled to a little more Social Security, however they require my birth certificate which I can not find. It also states something about wanting the birth certificates of next of kin which would be my siblings, so could I just possibly use one or all of theirs and not mine?
By Jeff. O
Look up your state online and when you look at different parts of the site, it will tell you how to go about obtaining different certificates. There will probably even be a form that you can print out, fill out and send it to the proper address. Some states also have it set up that you can go to your county courthouse and apply for the certificates that you need. There will be a fee to obtain the copies and where I live that is $15.00 for each certificate.
My nieces are receiving survivor benefits from their mom who passed away this past June. They are living with their paternal grandmother, the father is her son. The girls want to be adopted by their grandmother, if this happens, will their survivor benefits be cut off?
you could take the grandmother to the social security office so she will know what can be done.
She will need a social security number for everyone (including the father if possible).
My daughter's biological father, my ex husband, was killed in Afghanistan, but before he died he gave up his rights and my husband adopted her. Is she entitled to benefits due to her biological father dying? I have the 1300 form (casualty report naming her as his daughter).
By Melissa W.
By Wanda 01/29/2014
Hello, I'm sorry to say that once the biological father relinquished all rights to his daughter and agreed to adoption he from that point on is not, legally, her father. Her adopted father becomes her legal father.
I have two boys who receive disability funds through me. One is turning 18 and will no longer receive benefits. Does his brother's benefit change? Does it increase or stay the same?
When your older child turns 18, the benefits he received will go to the other child. For example, if each was getting $100.00 now your younger son will get $200 now.
My mom pass away in December. She had been fighting for her Social Security for a few years. Will her family be able to receive her back pay?
Had your Mom been approved for Social Security at the time of her death? Either way I don't know why the family would receive the back pay. If the kids are adults they aren't entitled survivor's benefits because they are supposed to be able to take care of themselves. Call your local Social Security Office and talk to them, they know the answer to your question.
I am a widow and my son and I were receiving SS checks. My son is turning 16 soon and I am losing my check, but he will still receive his check until he is out of school. What I need to know is will his check stay the same amount or go up because I am losing mine? Thanks.
I have never had to wait that long. Being you are being funny about it, what do you suggest they do? The Social Security Office is the only place they will get the correct answer. Besides the local number there is also the 800 number.
I am 17 yrs old and I am wanting to move out of my parents' house. I was wondering who my check will go to when I do move out?
Do you plan on moving out before you are 18? This is something that you and your mother are going to have to make arrangements to go to your local Social Security Office and talk to them about. I might be wrong, but as long as you are a minor the checks go to your parents for your support or if they can afford to put them in savings for college. That being said, I have always heard the checks stop when a child turns 18 or graduates from high school.
My father died 12 years ago at the age of 63. I have a disabled sister who has Downs syndrome. My mother did not apply for the survivor's benefits for my disabled sister; can she now?
For the correct answer to this call your local Social Security Office.
My son age 15 at the time, was not living in the home with us at the time my husband, my son's step father passed away. My son lived with us for a year and a half, then went to live with his biological father for a year and a half, then came back to live with me after my husband passed away. Is my son, his step son, eligible for benefits if we supported him in that year and a half he was living with us?
Social Security office has all the correct answers. You generally only can obtain "generic" answers over the phone as they have no way to identify your true identity. Try going to the SS office in person with all related SS numbers, ID, etc.
My 18 year old daughter starts college in August of 2014. Does she continue to draw her dad's Social Security death benefits?
By Christina H.
By Paula Jo C.02/17/2014
I believe as long as they are in school they are able to receive the monies. Why not go to the Social Security Office to get an answer to your question from the ones working there. I think you would be more comfortable having the answer coming from the folks that really know the answer because they work there wouldn't you? I know I would.
I'm 19, and if I am in college would I still be eligible to get Social Security from my father's passing?
By Paula Jo C.02/17/2014
Yes you would! Please go to the Social Security Office yourself (with your SS card & number printed on it, and also the SS# of the parent that is dead). Explain the problem your having with the ladies or men there that are working and watch how they can help you and fast. What you are experiencing is against the law I believe so, it may get your mother in alot of trouble. You might want to think about that aspect of the problem your having. You are in our prayers!
My brother recently died and he has two children. Their mother receives their money now; she is not giving it to them. Can they switch it over to mother or I?
My children get ss since their father passed away. The money is for their food, their share of rent or mortgage, utilities, insurance, dental, eye glasses, class ring, yearbook, clothing, shoes, their share of a overnight trip if we take one, field trips.
If you look at the check, you will notice it is made to the adult whom they live with. Mine is made out to me, "on behalf of" their name. The money is not to be given to the children to blow. On the other hand, my kids are in high school now, so I am saving part for college, and I do give them each an allowance out of it.
Are the kids minors? As a whole the money is intended to support them, not for them to spend on whatever they want. Furthermore, it isn't needed for actual support, how do you know their mother isn't saving it for college? This is something like child support, which is intended to help provide the necessities that a kid needs, not to let them have all kinds of fun with it. Talk to your local Social Security Office and see what they say.
My daughter is 19 and a full time student. Did the benefits change to 21, when the child is a full time student?
By Leighla T.
Hi - the only reliable information will be available at your local SS office. Some info can be obtained over the telephone but in person is better.
Has your daughter been receiving benefits? If so, were they stopped? If benefits were stopped then you should have received a letter stating why and giving information where to call or go for more information.
My mom passed away when I was 15, and my dad has never been in the picture so my brother took guardianship of me. We went to Social Security to see if I could get survivor's benefits and they denied us. Shouldn't I be getting Social Security money until I turn 18? Please help, I don't know what to do or how to go about this.
By Anthony M.
Did the Social Security Office tell you why you were denied? There has to be a reason. There is a possibility that your parents have never paid into Social Security, and if they did, not long enough to qualify for drawing benefits. You should receive a letter from them explaining the reason why you were denied. That being said none of us can answer your question.
My friend's husband died of lung cancer/Agent Orange in 1984, after retiring from the navy. She never received his Social Security benefits. Is she still entitled to them after all these years?
I believe this is a question your friend needs to address to the SS office in person.
I divorced my daughter's father 10 years ago. About 4 years ago I found out that my daughter qualified to received SS benefits because, I believe, her father was mentally disabled. The woman at the SS office wouldn't reveal what the circumstances were, but she had a look on her face like something was extremely unusual.
The ex was receiving SS and did not pay child support. My question is this; my daughter is turning 18 in June and intends on attending a 4 year college this fall. I found out, about a year ago, that her father was no longer picking up his SS checks and hadn't for a couple of years and actually was unable to be traced. He is pretty much missing. Would my daughter qualify to continue receiving SS since she is going in to college and what if her father actually is deceased? Would that qualify her for any assistance? The family, that I keep in touch with, has not heard from him for years. At one point, prior to no longer being heard from, he was living in the streets and homeless.
You should be able to get all the information you need from your local SS office. The only information you need on your ex-husband is his SS number and your daughter's SS number. Age may be a factor here also.
Pay a visit to your local SS office as they are the only ones that can tell you about any benefits.
I was just curious to see if I can get any Social Security benefits from when my father died back in January 2, 2003?
By Donna from Middleboro, MA
Call your local Social Security Office and make an appointment to go and talk to them. They know more about it than we do.
My niece lost her mother (my twin sister) 10 years ago, and we recently found out her biological father passed away 4months ago. I have guardianship of her now, and she is 15 years old. Can she receive benefits from her biological father as well or can she receive benefits in place of the amount she currently is getting from her mom's passing?
redhatterb is absolutely correct - the Social Security office is the only place that can give you the correct answer.
I can tell you this much from experience - You should be able to chose which person to receive benefits from so you should be able to choose the highest benefit. It will go smoother if you have their social security numbers.
You will only receive benefits from one person.
Will I still receive my check if my mom signs guardianship over to my her boyfriend?
Whose boyfriend are you talking about? Your wording isn't real clear. How old are you? If you are 18 and have graduated from high school you shouldn't receive survivor's benefits anyway. If you are a minor the check doesn't go directly to you, anyway, because it is supposed to be used to support you. talk to your local Social Security Office.
My daughter is 16 and wants to get her GED, if she quits school to do this will her survivor benefits be cut off? We live in Mississippi. I thought with survivor benefits they continue to get them no matter what till age 18. I may be wrong.
By Nickie from Ellisville, MS
redhatterb is absolutely correct about getting the correct answer from your SS office. That is the only place to get the information you need.
Please encourage your daughter to stay in school and get her diploma as a GED is good but she probably needs that extra time to "grow up" a little more.
GED's can be obtained in some places for free but you still have to study AND pass the tests. Most places give the study classes free but you are responsible for paying for each test ( a retake if you do not pass).
Money from SS may not be the most important consideration in your case
but these questions may be?
What does she plan to do with her time (and money) if she does quit and can continue receiving his SS money?
What are advantages and disadvantages?
I believe you (she?) will be able to continue to receive the SS checks until she is 18 either way but things change so go to your SS office for correct answers and maybe talk to your daughters school counselor before making a final decision.
I was 19 years old when my father passed away in 2003. A person from the SSI building called me to collect a check from him. When I got there they took the check back, because his name was not on my birth certificate. What can I do? Can I still receive that check?
By Angelena N. from Jamaica, NY
My father passed away when I was in the fourth grade. I'm just now graduating high school and am about to turn 18. I was receiving Social Security, he was also disabled when he died. Can I still receive it for college?
By Caleb from Chickasha, OK
Hi - only the SS office can answer your question.
Be sure to take yours and your dad's SS numbers, as well as a copy of his death certificate.
You may not receive the same benefits but you may be able to get some money for college. Be sure to check with your school's counselor for the kinds of help you may be eligible for.
Good luck and please stay in college if you can.
I am 18 years old with a 18 year old girlfriend. We have a beautiful daughter together that I love with all my heart. But here is the trick, I get a SS check for my father dying while I was still in school.
When my girlfriend gave birth I was forced to drop out to go to work to provide for them, but kept getting my check every month. I know this was wrong, but the check was the only thing getting us by. Now 9 months after I dropped out I have to file taxes for the year of 2013 and I'm worried.
What's the worst that could happen? and what are the steps to making it right? My family can't afford for me to be locked up and I just need advise. Please reply as quickly as possible. Thank you.
You will most likely have to pay it back. Hopefully they will let you do it over time. Getting locked up is very unlikely. Good luck to you.
My son is 4 years old. His father passed away when he was 15 while I was pregnant. He had never had a job I have looked into getting a DNA test to be able to get my son's father's name on his birth certificate and was told I could get SS benefits. I am skeptical about spending the money to get the DNA test and a lawyer if I won't be able to receive any assistance. If someone could help guide me it be great. Thank you.
Do I understand you correctly? The Father was a teen when he got you pregnant and died at 15 years old? In any case social security has to have been paid in for your son to receive benefits. So if the son's Father never worked and never paid in your son is not eligible. May be wrong but don't think so. Better call SS administration.
My friend was stabbed and past away. He didn't work, so is his son eligible to get Social Security?
If the father didn't pay into social security the son is not eligible. Noone gets social security unless they pay in.
My ex-wife passed 7 years ago and our daughter is 15. She will turn 16 this June and I received a letter stating my benefits will stop, but hers will continue. 2 Questions: will her benefits increase when mine stops and will her benefits stop if I remarry? Thank you.
By Earl D.
Call your local Social Security Office and talk to them. They are the people that can give you the correct answer.
I want to know why my daughter got denied survivor benefits. She is my husband's daughter. I also brought the birth certificate with his name on it.
By Scheri from Detroit, MI
There are numerous reasons, but the SS office has to be the one to answer that. His has to be listed on the birth certificate, she needs to be a minor still attending school. He would have had to pay into the system for a certain length of time, not been in certain types of legal trouble, or have other dependents that already took all the support he had credited to him. When you received your letter stating she was denied, it should have stated the reason. All you have to do is call the 800 number and ask.
My husband was murdered in 2003. We had two children 11 and 18 months. When I signed up, I only signed up my kids because it seemed in the long run they would receive the most benefits, plus I was only 32 and the likelihood of myself getting remarried was considered.
I did remarry, but divorced in 2012. My daughter has since been dismissed from drawing due to her age. My son is still receiving benefits, but I was wondering, now that I am no longer married, can I still draw the widows benefits? And I do work, so would it be wise?
Thanks in advance!
By Jennifer G
By Jackie 03/06/2014
I receive that benefit as well as my social security. One thing I do know is this you would have had to be married to your deceased husband at least ten years. It just might "pay" you to call your SS office. I hope this helps.
My ex passed away March 14th. We have 2 children together. My question is are they eligible to receive SSI benefits? One of the children is his biologically, but the other one was fathered by someone else.
My ex was the only dad he has ever known, he's even got his last name. I also have the paper they give you at the hospital, when a child is born for the father to sign, saying the child is theirs without a doubt. He signed that saying our son was his. I have several witnesses that can say he claimed him as being his son.
However, his name isn't on either birth certificate because a nurse at the hospital after the delivery, told me that if we added his name he would be responsible for the hospital bills. I knew we couldn't afford that so I left it as unknown. Will this matter?
By Tina T.09/12/2013
I applied for survivors benefits for my daughter when she was 6 months and was denied like 6 times. They said that she would need a paternity test. Her father is deceased, he died before she was born. They said that I would have to get a paternity test from someone in his family so I paid for a paternity test and his mother agreed to take it. It came back that she was the grandmother.
When I showed them the test, they approved it and she received 1300 in back pay and 223 a month for a year. When they approved me for it, I wanted to appeal the back pay because I didn't think it was right. I was down to the last appeal to see the judge. I went in the office to appeal it and they didn't give me the proper paper work so they end up letting my 90 days expire and said in the notes that I was ok with the backpay decision. I kept asking about the appeal and was basically told that no decision had been made and that they would contact me. So I called the toll free number to speak with someone and was told that the appeal had never been filed. So they put it in the notes for them to get in touch with me. I went the next day and told them I wanted to check on the appeal and the guy said they had to do some research on my case and they would get in touch with me but never did. The next week when I went up there, they said that they overpayed me and that she wasn't supposed to be getting the money because they couldn't used the DNA from his mother. Can they do that?
My mother passed away 57 years ago and I don't know if SSI benefits were ever paid out. Would I still be able to claim them and how would I find out?
By redhatterb 03/07/2014
How old were you when your mother passed away? I would have thought if you were a minor, being raised by somebody else they would have applied for the benefits to help with the expense of raising you.
My son's mom just passed. We were married, but have been separated for 10 + years and never gotten a divorce. We were living in different states. I have him full time and was never given child support, will he get SS benefits?
By Pat O.