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My wife died on February 24, 2016! When does her checks

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My wife died on February 24, 2016! When does her checks stop. She received her last check on the fourth Wednesday of the month...which was on February 24th. Further, is it true that the last payment a person receives is in the month beyond their death? Thank you!
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  LawTalk replied 6 months ago.

Good afternoon Anthony,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry for your loss. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

As your wife passed February, and because social security benefits are paid in arrears, the payment that arrived in February may be kept. If another payment arrived in March, then it needs to be returned to social security.

A person is not eligible for a social security benefit in the month that they die. So the last payment they receive will be in the month of their passing, not the month following.

You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction.

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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,


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