Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
Is your husband the executor or administrator of the estate?
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First you will need to someone with authority to act on behalf of your mother-in-law's estate. The executor or administrator of the estate would have that power so if that is your husband, then you should be able to accomplish this. A court order from the probate Judge should also be sufficient. The easiest thing to do would be for him to go to the local Social Security Administration office and request a replacement social security card. He needs to tell them he doesn't know his mother's social security number and they'll look it up for him if he provides them with evidence that he is the executor (he needs to bring the letters of administration appointing him as the executor).Alternatively, you could hire a private investigator and they would be able to get you the number quickly and easily. The private investigator will charge you, though, while the SSA request will be free (but it'll take a couple of weeks).Here's a link to the Social Security Administration, you'll type your zip code and it'll give you the office closest to you.https://secure.ssa.gov/apps6z/FOLO/fo001
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