Eligibility for Social Security Survivor Benefits

The father of my 4 minor children died in 2012. Can they receive death benefits even though he practically never worked?


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September 18, 20170 found this helpful

How much your family would receive in benefits depends on his average lifetime earnings. The higher his earnings were, the higher their benefits would be. They calculate a basic amount as if you had reached full retirement age at the time you die.

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September 18, 20170 found this helpful

Survivor benefits could be payable for you and your children but only the Social Security Administration can give you that information.

I do not understand why you have waited this long (since 2012) to start asking about benefits as there will not be any "back payments" made if you are approved so you could have been missing paid benefits all this time.

Only the SSA can tell you if your husband had made sufficient payments (legal income where SS payments were withdrawn from his salary) for you and your children to be eligible for benefits.


You will need to make an appointment and present necessary papers in person so your case can be started.

Here is a list of papers you will need to take with you: Proof of death either from a funeral home or death certificate; Your Social Security number, and the deceased workers SSN; Your birth certificate; Your marriage certificate, if youre a widow or widower; Dependent childrens Social Security numbers, if available, and birth certificates;

Do not delay any longer even if you do not have all of these papers as many SS can get a lot of this information if you are there in person.

Here is a link that explains what papers are necessary to start your case.


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