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Yes, you should be eligible for a survivor benefit, you can start receiving if you are over age 60 or age 50 if you are disabled. If you are caring for your minor child then you can receive it at any age. Unfortunately it is too late for the one time $255 benefit. SSA will make a one-time payment of $255 to a survivor, if they are SSA eligible and worked long enough. SSA can only pay this benefit to a spouse or child if they meet certain requirements. Survivors must apply for this payment within two years of the date of death. You cannot receive this survivor benefit and your normal retirement or disability payment at the same time. you can only receive the higher of the two but you can delay your own retirement benefit and take the survivor benefit and allow your retirement benefit to grow until age 70.
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