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My husband passed away 11/15/17 at age 92. He has been

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My husband passed away 11/15/17 at age 92. He has been collecting social security for many years, as have I. What do I need to take to the local social security office to file for survivors benefits, and any other benefits that are available? Also, are there death benefits that can be filed for? Thank you for your help.

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Social Security Expert: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 7 months ago
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Social Security Expert: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 7 months ago

First, please accept my deepest sympathy on the passing of your husband.

You can report your husband's passing by calling Social Security at 1-***-***-**** between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Choose the "report a death" option.

You will want to request the one-time survivor benefit of $255 as his surviving spouse. You will also want to request survivor benefits based on your husband's work record.. The Social Security representative will then schedule an appointment with your local Social Security office. Scheduling an appointment is recommended rather than just showing up at your local Social Security office because of the long wait times at local offices.

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Social Security Expert: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 7 months ago

The Social Security representative will let you know what documents you should bring to your appointment.

For example, your picture ID (driver's license, passport, etc.), your Social Security card, your husband's death certificate, your marriage certificate.

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Social Security Expert: Barbara, Enrolled Agent replied 7 months ago

The following links contain the information I have provided as well as other information you will find helpful:

https://www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors/howtoapply.html

https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-10.html

Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can assist you further.

If I have answered your question, please take a moment to rate my answer since that is the only way I receive credit for answering you.

Thank you and best regards,

Barb

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