Good afternoon Margaret,
I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry for your loss. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
Here is the way that social security law works. Social security benefits are always paid one month in arrears, meaning that you are paid in April for the benefit that you earned in March. In order to earn a monthly benefit you must be alive for the full month for which you will be paid. Even dying on the last day of the month means that you will not qualify for a benefit payment for that month.
So, when your husband passed away on March 24th, that meant that he would not be eligible for a retirement benefit for that month which would have been deposited sometime in April. So if social security was not notified of his passing in time to stop the March benefit, which was slated to be deposited in April, then when they learned of his death after having made the April deposit, they would have notified the bank and taken the money back.
The return of the money may also have been done by your bank if they were likewise notified of his passing, and the bank is obligated to return the payments to social security if they learn of the death of a customer and know that the customer received a payment for which they were not eligible.
You wrote: The month of April the difference of his amount and mine was added to my deposit. That was because social security appears to have converted your benefit to a survivor benefit meaning that from this point on, you will be entitled to the amount of benefit that your husband was receiving at the time of his death.
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