Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits

My mom died in 1972 when my brothers were 15 and 13 and I was 10. We never received any survivors benefits. Was that correct, that we received nothing?


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March 11, 20140 found this helpful

Who raised you and your brothers? The benefits for you kids would have went to that person to use for your support. Minor children just aren't given these checks. Another thing if your deceased parent didn't work enough to earn enough SS credits, I don't think survivor's benefits can be paid out. Call your local Social Security Office and talk to them. They are the only ones that can give you the correct answer.

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March 13, 20140 found this helpful

Who did you live with after your mother died? They would be the one that would have received any SS benefits if any were available. A certain number of quarters has to be paid into SS for anyone to receive benefits from that account.


The only place to get reliable information is to visit your local SS office.

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