Social Security2020-02-28T09:04:55-05:00

Social Security

What happens?

Notify Social Security as soon as possible when someone getting benefits dies. In most cases, your funeral director will report the person’s death to Social Security. Give your funeral director the deceased’s Social Security number so he or she can report the death.

What are the available benefits?

Lump-sum Benefit

Social Security pays a lump-sum death benefit of $255 to:

  • A spouse who was living with the deceased person at the time of death; or
  • A spouse or a child who, in the month of death, is eligible for a Social Security benefit based on the deceased person’s record.

Monthly Benefit

Certain family members may be eligible to receive monthly benefits, including:

  • A widow or widower age 60 or older (age 50 or older if disabled)
  • A widow or widower any age caring for the deceased’s child who is under age 16 or disabled;
  • An unmarried child of the deceased who is:
    • Younger than age 18 (or up to age 19 if he or she is a full-time student in an elementary or secondary school); or
    • Age 18 or older with a disability that began before age 22;
  • A stepchild, grandchild, stepgrandchild, or adopted child under certain circumstances;
  • Parents, age 62 or older, who were dependent on the deceased for at least half of their support; and
  • A surviving divorced spouse

Flanner Buchanan – What to Expect When a Death Occurs

When a death occurs, you will likely feel overwhelmed and unsure about how everything is going to happen in the days ahead. When you call Flanner Buchanan, you have the assurance of knowing that our experience of caring for families for nearly 150 years will help make this difficult time easier for you every step of the way. Watch our video to learn more.

Flanner Buchanan is happy to advise you in filing for the Social Security benefits for which you or your family may be eligible.

Contact us at any time at (317) 387-7000.