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I have my grandson - he is 16 - but, his mother is keeping…

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I have my grandson...

I have my grandson - he is 16 - but, his mother is keeping his 'death benefits'. Is that legal?

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I receive extra food benefits and extra financial help for my eletric and water bill because of adding my grandson to these...

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Could I possibly ask the mother for a little bit of the death benefit? Also, I am 80 and receive assistance as I am low- income.

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Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.

IF you have custody of the child and the mother is not paying support for the child and the mother has not been named as his guardian over his property, you have the right to take the mother to court for child support and to be named as guardian over his property.

You can go to legal aid and seek their assistance to represent you and the child to get the court to award you both support and they would need to file a petition for support and guardianship over the property of a minor (the death benefit) in order to get you some of the support you deserve for caring for him.

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