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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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My deceased sister passed away in March, 2016. Her husband

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My deceased sister passed away in March, 2016. Her husband and only child are deceased. Social Security notified me that she was due a check. I am her next of kin and I was willed any and all assets that she had but I know that even though I was her Power of Attorney, Health Care Representative and and Successor Trustee all of these things ceased upon her death.
Social Security sent me a letter asking for a Certified copy of my letters of appointment as the deceased's legal representative. I don't have anything like that and my question is what exactly are they asking for.
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Thank you for any help or advice that you can give me.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 month ago.

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Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 month ago.

I am very sorry for your loss.

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
I received your 1st message
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 month ago.

In order for your sister's estate/belongings to pass to her beneficiaries under her will - which I believe you say you are her sole beneficiary under her will - you generally need to open probate in the county court where she lived when she passed. You can petition to be the representative of her estate, so you can use her moneys and gather her assets to pay her debts first, and then the net estate goes to the beneficiary (you). When you do that, you get "letters" from the court, proving you are in charge of the estate and it gives you the authority with the SSA to collect her SS check.

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