A Social Security Benefits Attorney Can Help Secure Benefits Following the Death of a Loved One

A social security benefits attorney from Deason Garner & Hansen Law Firm can help the surviving family members of a deceased client receive the benefits for which they are eligible. Our attorneys understand that the death of a loved one is a difficult time. For our clients who planned their estate through us, we can assist their surviving spouse or dependents in securing social security benefits. Although the process is relatively straightforward, many find it beneficial to have the aid of our experienced attorneys. We can help you avoid any pitfalls and make the process as stress-free as possible during this difficult time.

Steps to Take After the Death of a Social Security Beneficiary
After a loved one receiving social security benefits dies, you need to notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) of his or her death. Generally, you will provide the chosen funeral director with your loved one’s social security number. The funeral director will then report the death to the SSA. It is also important to note that any benefits paid during the month of your loved one’s death must be returned. Eligible family members can, however, receive death benefits for the month of the beneficiary’s death.

Eligibility for Social Security Benefits
The surviving spouse is eligible for a one-time payment of $255. If a surviving spouse does not exist, a child may be eligible to receive this benefit. Other family members may also receive monthly benefits if they meet the necessary criteria. Eligible family members may include:

  • Widows or widowers over the age of 60, or over the age of 50 if disabled
  • Widows or widowers of any age providing care for children of the deceased under the age of 16 or those that are disabled
  • Unmarried children of the deceased who are 18 years of age or younger, or are 19 years of age and still in school
  • Unmarried children of the deceased who are 18 years of age or older with a disability that developed before the age of 22
  • Stepchildren, grandchildren, step-grandchildren and adopted grandchildren
  • Parents over the age of 62 who depended on the deceased for at least half their financial support
  • Surviving divorced spouses

What Our Social Security Benefits Attorneys Can Do for You
As part of our estate planning services, we help the loved ones of our clients secure the social security benefits to which they are entitled. We can meet with you personally to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have during this difficult time. Our attorneys fully understand the requirements for social security benefits and can help you determine whether or not you or another family member qualify.

Get the Estate Planning Assistance You Need
If your loved one has recently passed and you need help navigating social security benefits and other aspects of his or her estate, contact us today at (928) 783-4575 for assistance. We can assist you with in securing social security benefits in Yuma, Arizona, so you can focus on your family, and will be happy to help you make an appointment with Shawn D. Garner or Adam D. Hansen.

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