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Receiving Social Security Survivor Benefits?

I'm 17 and have been staying with my grandmother for the past 4 months. I was receiving death benefits from my deceased father. My mother claims that my checks have since stopped coming to her. She hasn't given me any of my benefits since I've been at my grandmother's. I was wondering can I still collect my back pay when I'm 18 or what do I do?

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April 10, 20140 found this helpful

What makes you think you have any back pay coming. If you did, it would have arrived right after you and your mother qualified for Survivor's Benefits. Do you plan on living with your grandma until you turn 18? If that is the case the benefits should be going to her to pay for your support.

The benefits that are for minors, are supposed to be used for the support of that minor, not handed over to the minor, for spending money. So many minors think those benefits belong to them, and they should be able to use it for whatever enters their minds.

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If the family doesn't have to use the money for support/living expenses, it should go into a college fund.

I don't know how Social Security figures these things, but I do know of a couple cases where the minors have quit receiving benefits when they are 16. You, your mother AND grandma should make arrangements to go to your local SS Office. and talk to them. They know the correct information.

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April 11, 20140 found this helpful

My father was killed when I was 14 years. old I am the oldest of six. When I turned 18 (I am now 58 yrs. old) my benefit stopped. As each of my siblings turned 18 they also stopped. Let me tell you something.The death benefit belongs to you and not your mother. She could get into a lot of trouble taking your money. It was your father that died.

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One more thing...Your mother is entitled to draw a benefit from Social Security for herself because her husband died as long as she never remarries and had children from the deceased. My mother never knew this. It was years and I did some research and found this out. She never got back pay from SS but she had a monthly benefit payment of $800.00.

Let the Social Security Administration know of what is going on. Your mother will by law have to pay you back what she has taken from you. It doesn't matter whether you lived with her or not. That money is yours because your father died. Call the SS Administration and they will tell you the same thing. Let your mother know what she also is entitled to. Hope this helps and I am sorry for your loss.

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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.

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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.

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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