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I'm so sorry to hear about your loss
Unfortunately, what your father in law was told is true - your father in law would not get a check adjustment due to the death of your mother in law.
How the death benefit works, is if you have a work history (which she did not) then you have a death benefit equal to what you draw during your lifetime (since she did not work, she does not qualify for a death benefit).
Let's say she did qualify for a death benefit and it was $500 per month. Your father in law could only get that if it were larger than his own benefit.
You can only draw one benefit at a time. So, he could not draw both the death benefit and his own benefit.
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My other question was about the basic $255 death benefit not a recurring one. What I do not understand (and need clarification on) is the following -- did they adjust my father-in-law's benefit down in order to pay my mother-in-law's benefits? If that was the case was it a permanent reduction?
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That leaves me one question -- how did they determine my mother-in-law's benefits when she did not work?
Your mother in law's benefit was 1/2 of your father in laws benefit, but he still got 100% of what he was entitled to. She just got an additional benefit for being married
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