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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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How to find out if my grandchildren's father received

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How to find out if my grandchildren's father received social security disability, he has passed away and I believe he said once that he received it and I believe the children should get survivor benefits for his social security
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 4 months ago.

It won't matter if he received SSD. Another way for minor children to be eligible for SS benefits is via "survivor" benefits - even if he was never disabled. Their caretaker can go to the local office and apply there for each child. It should be done ASAP, because it does not go retro more than 6 months. And, if it turns out the father WAS on disability, while the old benefits that children COULD HAVE gotten as his dependents are not available past 6 months ago, if he just died recently, there may be a few of those 6 months available to them, that are not part of survivor benefit. Applying right away is KEY, particularly before June ends, because it is ends, that is another month that they can not get, as the January will no longer be payable.

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