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Do you need to know why you are not able to receive a deceased family member’s Social Security benefits? Who is supposed to inform Social Security when a beneficiary dies? Social Security is benefits paid to a beneficiary after retirement, a spouse dies, or other reasons. Many people have questions regarding Social Security and knowing where to find reliable information is the key to having peace of mind. Read below where Experts have answered questions regarding Social Security.
Case Details: Beneficiary’s checks were being deposited in a pay on death account with her niece. The bank sent the funds back and the niece was informed that she is not entitled to the funds. The bank also told her that she should initiate probate. Because the decedent has a large number of descendants, a small estate affidavit is not possible.
Once a social security beneficiary dies, the Social Security Administration expects checks mailed, deposited or direct deposited after the date of death of the beneficiary to be returned.
After the death of the beneficiary, no one is entitled to their social security checks. If there is a recipient listed as the pay on death beneficiary of the checking account, that person will be entitled to the funds in the account.
In 2013, social security payments will increase by 1.7 percent. This is quite a bit less than the 3.6 percent cost of living adjustment retirees received in 2012. Social security payments are adjusted each year to reflect inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.
Whoever is the closest heir in the beneficiary’s estate should notify the Social Security Administration of their passing. Typically, most funeral directors will provide death information to the Social Security Administration.
Case Details: My dad’s fiancé is receiving benefits from her deceased husband. She has never worked. She is 71 years old and my dad is 81 years old.
Even if she remarries, she can continue to receive widow’s benefits from her deceased husband or she can apply for benefits under her new husband. She can see which would be greater. Social Security Administration states that “if you remarry after you reach the age of 60 (or 50 if disabled), you will continue to receive benefits on your deceased husband’s Social Security record. However, if your current husband is a Social Security beneficiary, you should apply for a wife’s benefit on his record if it would be larger than your widow’s benefit. You cannot get both.”
Case Details: I was recently unemployed and drew social security for myself and my daughter for one year. I am employed again and paying into social security.
The Social Security benefits are not locked in at the initial rate received. An individual can suspend their benefits, continue to work and increase the benefit amount they will be paid at retirement.
The prisoner or the prison should contact the Social Security Administration before they are released. Ask if the prison has a pre-release agreement with the Social Security Administration. If they do the prison may be able to contact the Social Security Administration on their behalf.
If your check is missing, lost or stolen it can be replaced, but it takes time. If you normally receive your check by mail, you should wait at least three days after the date you would normally receive your check and then call the Social Security Administration. You can call the Social Security Administration at 1-800-722-1213 to report any checks that are late, missing, or possibly stolen. It would be a good idea to consider having your checks direct deposited.
As seen above, dealing with the Social Security Administration can be confusing. When you have questions it is important to know you are getting accurate answers from Experts. Verified Experts are available to answer your questions day or night from the comfort of your home.