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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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My husband died July 31, 2015. s social security checks have

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My husband died July 31, 2015. His social security checks have continued to be sent to our bank as an automatic deposit.
His SS# *****###-##-#### George Richard McClenahan, B. 7-3-23.
I would like to have his benefits if they are available to me, since mine are considerably less. My name is***** B 1-7-28 and deposited automatically to my Wells Fargo bank account. How can I accomplish this?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Hi Sara! Good morning. OK, it sounds like you are interested in switching your social security benefit from your own work record (or a spousal benefit) to a "survivor" benefit based on the work record of your deceased husband. To do this, you will want to go to your local SS office along with your photo ID, your birth certificate, your marriage certificate, and your spouse's death certificate. Because there is limited retroactive benefits permitted, you do not want to delay, as you may then lose some of the months after he passed, in terms of getting that higher benefit amount. While you are there, you can give your direct deposit information and/or double check that the one they have is correct.

Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

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