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My son just died in Oct 2015 and my grandson has moved into my home, he is in school now but just turned 18 . Can I claim him as a dependent?

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I am a retired Sgt.Maj of 23 years in the USMC

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Hello! My name is ***** ***** I am a licensed attorney with more than 18 years of experience. I am here to assist you with your questions. Please understand that if I ask you for additional information, you are NOT charged again and our communications are NOT timed. So please see this as a relaxed conversation between friends. I am here to help

Also, if you would like to chat on the phone, let me know and I can make that happen.

I am sorry for your recent loss

But I do not understand the question...what do you mean by

Can I claim him as a dependent?

Claim in what way? With the IRS? For military benefits?

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Military Lawyer: P. Simmons, Military Lawyer replied 2 years ago

Thanks *****

This is possible...HOWEVER, you must have a court order for either adoption or guardianship BEFORE you can qualify for TRICARE benefits.

So first head to court (consider having a local attorney help you with this) and apply for guardianship. Once they appoint you as guardian, you will be able to sign the child up, via DEERS, for TRICARE

Please let me know if you have more questions. I am happy to help if I can. Otherwise, please rate the answer so I may get credit for my work.

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