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Information on Social Security Survivor's Benefits

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?

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February 16, 20141 found this helpful
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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.

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May 29, 20161 found this helpful

Your correct, survival benefits are meant to take place of any support the parent will not be able to provide. Plus a little for the future

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February 16, 20140 found this helpful
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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.

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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.

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June 18, 20160 found this helpful

What if my mother doesn't bother giving me any money from the check and waste it on cigarettes and alcohol drinks

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July 29, 20170 found this helpful

I was trying to figure out how mich was allowed to be giving in allowance and how to you keep reciept/ documation of that. I just got custody of a young man this month and I was told to keep receipts on how all the money is spent out of his check. He gets money from where is father passed away and I'm not sure how to charge for rent / food when all is paid as a whole this is all very confusing to me..

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he is 16 am I allowed to give him money to go to the mall or does ever door he spends need a receipt.. the way the social security office was talking was I need receipt for every dollar spent

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February 16, 20140 found this helpful

If the children's mother has custody of her children she needs the income to provide life's necessities. The Social Security benefit is for their support. If their mother is able to save any for college or something else that would be great. But we all know how expensive everything is today and how much it takes to raise a child. The SS benefit is not intended to be given TO the children, but used for their care.

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February 16, 20140 found this helpful

No

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February 17, 20140 found this helpful

SS payments are intended for their support, just as stated by other members. Many people get the idea that it should go to the child but truthfully it is only FOR the child's "needs" and should go to whom ever they live with. It may not be being used wisely (whose opinion?) but that is another matter entirely and would take a long (and expensive) time to prove.

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If the children are old enough and can get a court order to move to your mother's house (or yours - what relation are you?) then you may get control of this money.

Are the children being taken care of properly? - or do you just feel that you or your mother could do a better "job" with all that money each month?

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March 7, 20150 found this helpful

I had been receiving Survivors benefits for my son since he was 4. Since I used it to help with his basic needs and gave him an allowance out of it every month I never saw a reason to explain that income. He is 17 now and his basics have reached an all time high what with the GF and gas and football and all of life's extras theses days.

He recently got ahold of mail that was from S.S. That was addressed to both of us and took it upon himself to open it. He took it as I was taking from him and went to the S.S. Office without my knowing, I am not sure what he told them I was informed of it after I received a letter from S.S informing me that they have decided that my son will be getting "his" benefits from here on out.

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He did however inform me that "his" money was now goin into an account that he will be able to get when he turns 18 (in June). So I guess I'm telling you that those benefits we think should be helping us to support our kids are really there for our kids to do with as they see fit. Because I never received a call from S.S. Before they decided any of this they just sent me a letter informing me of the change.

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April 21, 20150 found this helpful

Unless the mother is not providing for their basic needs such as food, clothing, a place to live, school supplies, and other needs, or has been convicted of a felony, they will not change the administrative payee for the children. As I said, she is not supposed to just give them the money to spend as they wish or on who or what they want. If that were the case, they would write all of the checks directly to the child and there would be no need for the representative payee.

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April 21, 20150 found this helpful

@ nyna If my children begin to take that attitude with me, and they don't want to give the portion for household expenses that provide for them, it's time to put them out in the real world to see how far they will get before they decide to do what's right! You are allowing your son to bully you! Either take control or put him out! That money was never meant for girlfriend expenses, and it sounds to me that he has somebody over eighteen that's getting that money or on his bank account with him and he's blowing it!

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I would go to the local office and speak with the manager to find out what is going on!

If nothing else, let the county where you live become the rep payee, where you can least take your bills and get a portion paid or reimbursed by them if he remains in your home. This should not be happening! What kind of adult is he going to grow into If you allow him to keep doing this?

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December 22, 20150 found this helpful

I agree with you it's not his money to do as he please with it it's for his needs not wants I get ss from my dad he passed in august I'm my own payee but kid's at that age have no sense of responsibility with that amount of money and it can be dangerous for kid's to have money like that in there hands his girlfriend sounds like a gold digger if he's spending all kinds of money on her

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May 29, 20160 found this helpful

My dad died when I was 10, my mother is my guardian so she received the money until I emancipated my self at 15 and then had the check delivered to me. I always worked and paid taxes. I don't believe they restrict your right to earn. Also benefits end at 18 or 21 if still in regular high school. Do not travel to college. Oh yeah, if the children are not being cared for by the mother and or she isn't putting their money directly into a fund for it to be used by them, once of age I believe they can sue for money plus interest. If she buy a house with their money and salès it they are entitled. But check it with a local lawyer

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January 17, 20170 found this helpful

My grandson receives SSI when his mom passed away. Does he need to report what he does with the money and how can he do that? is there a form he needs to fill out?

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February 6, 20170 found this helpful

The payee on the check gets a form from ss each year to fill out. On that form they ask for a breakdown of where that money went. Failure to turn in the form results in them suspending the money until they do get the form.

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February 8, 20170 found this helpful

I would notify the social security office if the children's needs are not being met and the money is being used for purposes other than their support. You can also contact the Legal Aid Society.

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