Can we keep social security check after mom dies?

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Moms SS comes the 27th of the month. If mom passes away before the check comes do we keep it? Or do we send $$ back? Same question for VA Aid and Dependance?

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They will take the SS money out of the account before the ink has even dried on the death certificate. I don't know how they do that but it has happened with every death in my family.
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When my mother mom had her SS# stolen and the thief changed where her money went I thought that the SS people told me that money that she got at the end of the month was for that month ending. Certainly seems a stupid way of doing it, medication invoice will come early the next month and will need to be paid.
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My dad died in the middle of the month and his social security check for the next month wasn't deposited. The SSA knows when someone dies.
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You have to pay it back, my mother died on the 30th of the month, I kid you not at the funeral home one of the things they discussed was paying the money back.
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The VA will send you a bill for their check. Do not spend either check.
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If it is direct deposited SS finds out in a day or two. They track death certificates and reverse the transaction.
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Thank you all for your responses. You have so many questions on so many things.
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i concur with brandywine . the funeral directors are great with those kind of answers and will in fact help you with all kind of legal stuff . life insurance policies and such .
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Since social security checks are automatic deposits, if said check lands into the checking or saving account, the U.S. government will eventually remove said amount from the account.
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To be on the legal side and do the right thing, you should ask your local social security office or the funeral home director. I know it would seem okay to keep the money, but the gov't is not a forgiving outfit and you could be in trouble.
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