When Mom passed away a few weeks ago the funeral home contacted Social Security for us immediately. Soon after death a SS payment was deposited into Mom's account and then promptly removed. This makes sense to me.
When on the phone today chatting with the funeral home they told me that they contacted SS for us but that I, as the executor, should contact SS myself to close out any loose ends that might be out there with Mom. I called just a bit ago and I was told to fill out Form 1724 and I was directed on the phone to the actual form online. After hanging up and reviewing the form, it almost seems like I need not fill it out. My brother and I are no longer dependents of Mom's and haven't been for many years, there is no surviving spouse or disabled dependents, etc.
Does this form have to be filled out? Since the person on the phone at SS didn't ask me questions about my being a dependent or not I am wondering if this form is something they tell everyone to fill out just in case you are owed anything. Please share any info you might have. Thank you-