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My husband passed away in December 2017. How do I apply to…

My husband passed away...

My husband passed away in December 2017. How do I apply to receive his benefits, which were slightly more than mine?

Accountant's Assistant: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.

I receive Social Security and I am 75. My late husband, who was 92 when he passed away, also was receiving a monthly amount. I understand that if his benefits were larger than mine, I can apply to receive his in lieu of mine. How do I do that?

Accountant's Assistant: Is there anything else important you think the Retirement Accountant should know?

I don't think so. My husband was a veteran of WWII.

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The SSA should be notified as soon as possible when a person dies.

You cannot report a death or apply for survivors benefits online.

In most cases, the funeral home will report the person’s death to the SSA.

You should give the funeral home the deceased person’s Social Security number if you want them to make the report.

If you need to report a death or apply for benefits, call 1-800_772_1213 (TTY 1-800_325_0778).

You can speak to a Social Security representative between 7 AM and 7 PM Monday through Friday.

You can also contact your local Social Security office.

An appointment is not required, but if you call ahead and schedule one, it may reduce the time you spend waiting to speak to someone.

Let me know your zip code and I will find a local SSA office serving your area.

I am here to help you with all Social Security / Tax related issues.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I believe the funeral home has contacted SSA. My zip code is 27278.

Address:Suite 200 ***** Durham, NC 27707

Phone:1-888_759_3908 TTY:1-800_325_0778

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Monday9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Tuesday9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Wednesday9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Thursday9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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You will need to have your marriage certificate and death certificate.

They will make copies.

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