Eligibility for Survivor Benefits?

I was with my recently deceased husband for almost 20 years, but we never married nor did we fill out common law paperwork. Is there any way I can claim his survivor's benefits today as he passed in July of 2018?


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April 3, 20200 found this helpful

This is really hard to say and only social security can tell you if this one is possible or not. It has a lot of do with papers you have and if you filed taxes together, he added you to one of his life insurance policies or a few other things. You really need to make an appointment with the office and go in to speak with someone. They will be able to answer all your questions for you.

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April 3, 20200 found this helpful

Contact Social Security in your state, for rules and laws that apply to you. Each state and laws are different!

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April 5, 20200 found this helpful

I'm not sure Social Security will help you in a situation like this so I would suggest you consulting with an attorney who specializes if SS & family law. If you cannot afford an attorney then try contacting family services in your area (zip code Google) and they may be able to find you an attorney who works on a sliding scale or even sometimes pro-bono.


The initial consultation should be free - you can present your case (have as many papers as possible showing your facts) and they will tell you if you have a case to present to SS.

Remember - it will be up to you to prove your case - papers of some sort showing you received mail at his address for several years, papers showing you depended on him for your living expenses (this will be vital for your case).
If you do not have sufficient paperwork you may be able find some information from prior years if you do a people search on the internet using your name and his name as these searches usually give prior addresses for several years as well as 'related' names.

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