BelleFleur Asked March 2012

What happens to my dad's social security retirement check after he dies?

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My understanding is that SS doesn't "distribute partial month checks" and that all the money has to be returned to SS, so that my mother can then begin receiving widow's benefits. Can anyone clarify or shed some light? I know the gooberment has info on their website, but does anyone have any real life experience?

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Bills426 Feb 2017
There are no completely accurate answers on this forum regarding payment timing .
If you don't know all the details of how the SS payment system works , you will need to call SS , deal with the delays and ask about that specific account , as some payments are for the month in which they are paid and some are for the previous month .
Even the link above , although "technically" accurate , does not define what month your payment is for .
Just called on this hours ago and dealt with the 30 minute hold time . Could give the few details that concerned my question , but better you get your own questions answered from the horses mouth .
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Bonitarw60 Sep 2016
My mom Passed on Sept 4, her SS benefit went into her bank which was still an individual;l account and they returned it to SS.

From what I am reading here because she received benefits on the third week of the month , that SS will keep that monies ????
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charmedone Jul 2016
oops, I forgot the link. Sorry
https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10008.pdf
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charmedone Jul 2016
This page answers all the questions posted above. Basically, SSA gives an example if a person dies in July, they have to return the August payment. Read it, very informative.
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When someone on Social Security dies, Social Security must be alerted so that the person's Social Security can be stopped. Around here last I knew, if the Social Security check came within a certain amount of days before the person died, the the family could keep whatever money was in the account and put it toward funeral expenses.

* If the check came after the recipient died, then it must be returned to Social Security, Social Security will claw the money back out of the account. Check your state laws on Social Security to see what all of the rules are. Ultimately the check will be stopped, but check your state laws to see all of the details about the check, see if your state laws allow you to keep the money that was delivered before the recipient died. Again, check your current state laws very carefully because each state may vary according to their own laws. Stay current on your state laws regarding Social Security. Learn as much as you can
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Hi, my father passed this year April 2016, the FH we used handled SS, everything I have no complaints. I closed my fathers bank account after receiving his death certificate from the FH. I now notice that there is a SS payment in his account, is that deposit for March since he passed in April? Because there are no other deposits, my fathers checks came at the end of the month. What should I do about this check? I would like to put it towards the purchase of his headstone. My dad was a real cool dude, and it is his money, I feel he should still be able in some way spend it. Thank you.
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madhatter Oct 2015
Eliane....fl has nothing but parasites here, while your grieving your loved ones SS and the banks are out at the casino spending your dead families money. I never thought ide live to see the day ...this its unreal. all my relatives now look at me and no im rite as soon as the check cashes get the money out of the accts. they are just germy filthy basterds stealing family money.
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dd123654 Sep 2015
First, let's be correct on the "Survivor's Benefit" of $255 not $250, and it is paid to the qualifying spouse or dependent child if there is one. Most funeral homes only fax a form called the "Statement of Death by a Funeral Director" to the local SSA office. This form will take the place of the Death Certificate so that when the family notifies SSA , in most cases the form will have already been received and the family will not have to prove the death by providing a death certificate. There is no confirmation between funeral home and SSA as to whether on not the form is received which is why it is advised that the family contact SSA and their bank to report the death. Even though many funeral homes may assume the task of contacting SSA it is still ultimately the responsibility of the next-of-kin to see that it has been properly reported.
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Brayden Sep 2015
My mother passed away on the 24th of the month.she was in a nursing home and they received her ssi check. I am her daughter and poa.she had around 400 dollars left in her account. She also received a check from my stepfathers pension.do I receive this money, if so how do I go about getting it?
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Brayden Sep 2015
My mother passed away on the 24th of the month.she was in a nursing home and they received her ssi check. I am her daughter and poa.she had around 400 dollars left in her account. She also received a check from my stepfathers pension.do I receive this money, if so how do I go about getting it?
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