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What Happens to Social Security When You Die?

Vance Cariaga of Yahoo Finance provides quite a bit of interesting insight to the question about benefits after one dies.  After a death the funeral home usually sends in a form to the Social Security Administration (SSA) called Statement of Death by Funeral Director.  If that doesn’t happen, you have to call the SSA as you cannot report a death or apply for survivor benefits online; call 1-800-772-1213 between 8 and 7 Monday through Friday.  You’ll must provide the deceased person’s social security number when applying.  In the event of your death, your survivor will need to provide your social security number.  The executor of the estate can also call Social Security.  Cariaga notes more things to remember for those getting benefits on a spouse’s or parent’s record in the full piece here.




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