Qualifying for Survivor Benefits

My mother passed away when me and my (Downs syndrome) brother were young. I was 13 years old and my brother 15. I never even knew of the possibility of survivor benefits until I was in my 20's. I am now 26 years old. Do I qualify for anything?


By Eric J.

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October 25, 20140 found this helpful

Whoever was raising you and your brother probably received the benefits and used them to help pay the expenses of raising both of you. Call your local Social Security Office and see what you can find out.

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October 27, 20140 found this helpful

Most likely - whoever cared for you and your brother received benefit checks to pay for your care.

I do not believe you will qualify for any benefits at your age but you can obtain information about who has received benefits in your name/social security number. This information may not be obtainable over the telephone so you may have to pay a visit to your SS office.


Whoever is caring for your brother is most likely still receiving monthly benefits and will as long as he in their care. This information may not be available to you but could be available to your brother.

The SS office is the ONLY place correct information can be obtained.

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