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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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My father-in-law just passed away. My in-laws were receiving

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My father-in-law just passed away. My in-laws were receiving Social Security payments, his and hers (based on his income), sent to them in the Czech Republic w/25% removed for taxes. What should she do next?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

She will want to file for survivor benefits based on is record, so that she can switch from her spousal (at a max of 50% of his) to 100% of his. She will likely have to go to the US Consulate or Embassy, where the SSA handling is done abroad. Survivor benefits can not be applied for online at all. There is also a 'death benefit' of $255 she can apply for.

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

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your quick response, however you did not answer anything I did not already read online at
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Yes, the SSA site generally doesn't lie either. You asked me for an accurate and complete answer your specific question. I provided that. Was there something different that you intended to ask?