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Social Security Benefits

We designed this checklist to make sure you are filing your Social Security benefits correctly.

 


 

Eligibility

The deceased worker must have credit for work covered by Social Security ranging from 1 1/2 to 10 years depending on his or her age at death in order to receive monthly benefits. Those eligible for monthly benefits include:

  • A widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled) or at any age if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled
  • A divorced widow or widower age 60 or older (50 if disabled) if the marriage lasted 10 years or if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled
  • Unmarried children up to 18 (19 if they are attending a primary or secondary school full-time)
  • Children who were disabled before reaching 22 as long as they remained disabled
  • Dependent parent or parents 62 or older



Lump-Sum Death Payment

A one-time payment of $255 is paid in addition to the monthly cash benefits described above. The lump-sum death payment (LSDP) is paid in the following priority order:

  • A surviving spouse who lived in the same household as the deceased person at the time of death
  • A surviving spouse eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death
  • A child or children eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death



Applying for Benefits

You must apply in order to receive benefits. You may apply at any Social Security office, by phone at (800) 772-1213, or online at www.ssa.gov.

Czopek Funeral Directors
Phone: (734) 285-9000
2157 Oak Street
Wyandotte, MI 48192

Kernan Funeral Service
Phone: (313) 381-2345
1020 Fort Street
Lincoln Park, MI 48146

Heritage Funeral Home
Phone: (734) 285-1300
15748 Fort Street
Southgate, MI 48195

Crane Funeral Home & Cremation Services
Phone: (734) 941-9200
36885 Goddard Road
Romulus, MI 48174


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