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You should call your local SSA office first to make sure you're eligible. Here is what the SSA says about the lump sum benefit:
A surviving spouse or child may receive a special lump-sum death payment of $255 if they meet certain requirements.
Generally, the lump-sum is paid to the surviving spouse who was living in the same household with the worker when he or she died. If they were living apart, the surviving spouse can still receive the lump-sum if, during the month the worker died, he or she:
If there's no eligible surviving spouse, the lump-sum can be paid to the worker's child (or children) if, during the month the worker died, the child:
If the eligible surviving spouse or child is not currently receiving benefits, they must apply for this payment within two years of the date of death.
For more information about this lump-sum payment, contact your local Social Security office or call 1-***-***-**** ( TTY 1-***-***-****).
Documents you may need to provide
Here are the documents you may need:
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See from SSA for further information: https://www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors/ifyou7.html
Here is all information you need: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-8.html
Here is the application to be filed: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-8.pdf
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