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My father passed away Nov. 1, 2014. His SS benefits were automatically deposited into his account on Nov. 3. That money was for the month of Oct. so since he didn't pass in Oct that $ is rightfully due to him. I filled out a form online to have the money removed from his account. It was my understanding that SS would take the money back and then cut me a check. Well, they had no problem taking the $ out (which was about 3 months later) but never sent me the money. It is now almost 8 months after his passing and all the local SS office could tell me is that they dont know whats taking so long and maybe I should call my Congressman.....really? This is frustrating.

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BTW, the check he received in Nov was for the month of Oct, so you are correct that it should have been kept, since he died in Nov. I do not know why SSA took it back.
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SS will not send you the check. You are not one of their payees. They will send a small check of about $255 as a death benefit to the next of kin. I don't think this includes children. I don't know who would get the death benefit if the spouse is not alive. Perhaps it would go into the estate.??

If you are not a signer on a deceased person's account, the only way to access money there is setting up an estate account and going through the required probate period for the money. Creditors have first claim to the estate and beneficiaries receive what is left over after probate. Not even a spouse can access money of a deceased person without going through the required steps if her name was not on the account.
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Once someone's dies, the social security benefits cease -- there is no accrued balance that is paid out to their estate or to their survivors. Social Security does not pay benefits for the month of a person's death. [source: Zacks]
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