Eligibility for Survivor Benefits

My friend's sister died and left her 8 year old child to her care. Are there survivor benefits for this child to sign up for?

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December 6, 20171 found this helpful
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If she paid into it, long enough. Whoever is the care giver for the child needs to make an appointment with the social security office. That person needs to take an original death certificate, her social security number, the birth certificate of the child and the childs soical security number. The moms name must match the name on the birth certificate. If it has changed, due to marriage or divorce, those records also need to go to the appointment. Lastly, they will ask for proof of guardianship from the sister. The benefits don't go to the child. They go to the caretaker.

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

This is completely correct. From first hand experience, this is exactly what I had to do to receive survivor benefits for my siblings after our mother passed away.

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December 6, 20170 found this helpful

She should make an appointment with Social Security and bring proof of death and proof that she is now the legal guardian.

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December 7, 20170 found this helpful

Is the father alive? Is he paying child support?

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Need to clarify what responsibility the father may have and provide this information to SSA.

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December 8, 20170 found this helpful

No father listed on birth certificate

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December 9, 20170 found this helpful

If your sister worked then her daughter would be eligible for survivor benefits.

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