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My mom passed away on July 2nd. Her SS check was automatically deposited on the 3rd. Evidently the funeral home notified SS that she passed away, which is customary for them to do. By the 8th SS tried to pull the check back out but since I had sent some of her bills off there wasn't enough money left in her account which left her account overdrawn. Also, since there wasn't enough in the account for SS to collect they froze her account!!! After spending hours at the bank, talking to different people at SS (in person and over the phone) I was directed to the US Treasury Dept. (who issues the checks). Now, SS told me that the check was definitly my mother's since she passed away in July,reguardless of how early in the month, as it's for the month of June. The rather unpleasant person at the Treasury Dept. said this is not true!!!! Can someone clear this up?

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My mother died on 5/24/18 but still received a SSA check for the next month. My name is on the account. Will I be in serious trouble if I withdraw the funds for funeral expenses and repay it to SSA a little at a time?
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I can answer this one, because it happened to my mom's account. Mom died on June 1, so her SS check had already been deposited in her checking account. I immediately notified SS of her death, so they withdrew the check. Then, after a couple of weeks, the money appeared in the account, with a letter saying that, because she passed away that early in the money, the money went to the family. The problem the original poster had was that the money was spent while the check was in the process of being taken back because of the death and returned because of the time of the month. So, there was a time when the money was not physically in the bank. That's when I found out that SS can take money out of one's checking or savings account!

The reason I immediately reported my mom's death, even though I knew her check would probably be reimbursed to the family is that a friend of hers "forgot" to report her mother's death to SS and kept on spending the money. When it was discovered, the lady almost had to go to federal prison! She ended up having to repay the money and doing a certain number of community service. Lesson learned! Don't assume anything with the government unless you hear it yourself and see it in writing!
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My mom passed on December 9th,I called SS to report it and they told me the money that went in on December 3rd was ours to keep since she died after the 3rd,if a deposit goes in on January 3rd,the bank will kick it back to SS. Your mom died on the 2nd,so you cant keep her benefits for that month.
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So my mom died on March 20th of 2018...she gets her checks on the 3th of the month..on the 3th is April there was nothing deposit..so I should be good right..she was paid up in memory care center till the 30th..of March but died on 20th of March how does that work..
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I don't understand why my husband got his s.s on the 3rd of july and he died on the 30 july if that check was for the month of june, why did the pull it back, when he was alive. In june.
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Lonelyperson, the check your husband received on July 3rd was definitely for the month of June, so you are entitled to that check. You are not entitled to the check that was probably paid on August 3rd or so because that was for July, and your husband would have had to live all the way through July to be qualified to receive the July check. Apparently, they take the last check back to make sure that it gets paid to the correct survivor and heir. If they took back the check that your husband received on July 3rd, you need to fill out a form to request that money back.
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It seems pretty simple:

"Social Security benefits are paid on a monthly basis. The check (or direct deposit) for each month’s benefit is issued in the following month. For example, the check that an individual receives in February is for the benefit payable for January. This is referred to as a retrospective payment system. If a recipient dies late in the month, family members or the executor of the estate may not notify the Social Security Administration (SSA) in time to stop the payment. Subsequently, they are informed that the check must be returned to the government. Members of Congress are asked often to support legislation that would provide a full or partial benefit payment for the month of death."

So it looks like you have been cheated. Good luck getting it cleared up.

My grandmother passed away on November 29, and that ended up being about a 3 thousand dollar difference. What's bizarre is that hospice was essentially "putting her to sleep" which means it could have been easily deferred. Not that I would have chosen to do that, but sitting at my 6 day vigil at the hospice wing, I couldn't help but think about all the bill-paying hardships that many of the survivors must face in end-of-the-month cases. And how tough would it be anyway to help them by having the final checks be pro-rated?
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Please people research before you give people advice. Yes SS can take a check back but only for the month they pass. My dad passed May 13th, we keep the check deposited May 3rd but the June 3rd payment must be returned since SS pays one month behind, i.e June check is for May, May check is for April, April check is for March, etc.!!
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my wife died in dec. ss took her nov. check back ,why?
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My mother died on March 31 in the morning. And they took back the ss check. I was told she had to live the whole last day of the month to be entitled to the ss check. I guess that would mean 12 midnight .
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