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My wife passed away and the the funeral home notified you.

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my wife passed away and the the funeral home notified you. do I need to contact you also
JA: The Retirement Accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.
Customer: will you stop her payments and when ? she passed away 12-8-2016
JA: Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?
Customer: not that I'm aware of. I'm just making sure all my ducks are in a Rowe
Submitted: 20 days ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Christopher B, Esq. replied 20 days ago.

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Expert:  Christopher B, Esq. replied 20 days ago.

You do not have to contact SSA yourself if the funeral home notified SSA already (this is common). Do understand that you are eligible for a one-time payment of $255 as the surviving spouse from SSA so I would contact SSA anyway to make sure that this payment will be made. SSA will stop their payments but sometimes this process is not immediate and SSA will make a payment after your spouse's death. You must return any payments made for the month of death or later. You can contact your bank and ask them to return any deposits received for the month your spouse died or later. See SSA link for more information: https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10008.pdf

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Expert:  Christopher B, Esq. replied 19 days ago.

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