The spouse or child of the decedent may be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits depending on the number of years worked by the decedent. The amount to be received by the survivor depends on the amount paid in to Social Security by the decedent, age of the survivor, the annual income of the survivor, any pension to be received by the survivor, and, if the survivor is a widow, when remarriage occurs.
Additionally, the spouse or child of the decedent may be eligible for a special death benefit in addition to the survivor benefits. Due to the constraints and limitations impacting Social Security survivor benefits, the process of determining the survivor’s benefits and applying for such can be complex. The Probate Law Firm can assist you with navigating the Social Security maze to ensure you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.