Social Security Benefits

The following checklist is designed to help you file for your Social Security benefits correctly so that prompt payments may be made. Upon making funeral arrangements, Hall-Wynne will notify Social Security immediately by filing the SSA-721 form (notification of death).

 Eligibility

Social Security BenefitsThe 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. Those who may receive monthly benefits are

  • A widow or widower age 60 (50 if disabled) or older or at any age if caring for an entitled child who is under 16 or disabled 
  • A divorced widow or widower age 60 (50 if disabled) or older 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:

  1. A surviving spouse who lived in the same household as the deceased person at the time of death 
  2. A surviving spouse eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death 
  3. 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 or, if you wish, you may apply by telephone. Just dial the toll-free number 1-800-772-1213, and the operator will schedule an appointment for you or arrange for the local Social Security office to take your claim by telephone.

 Social Security Teleservices

You may call Social Security toll-free, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day at 800-772-1213. To speak with a representative, call between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm on regular business days. At other times you may leave a message and they will call you back, in most cases, the next business day.

You may use the toll-free number to make an appointment either in a Social Security office or telephone to apply for benefits, transact other business or ask questions.

Many forms and services are also available via the Social Security website as well as locations of Social Security offices: www.ssa.gov

 

 

Hall-Wynne Funeral Service & Crematory
1113 W. Main St.
Durham, NC 27701-2028
919-688-6387
Fax: 919-683-9539
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396 West Street
Pittsboro, NC 27312
919-542-3057
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504 East Mason St.
Franklinton, NC 27525
919-494-2313
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503 College St. •  P.O. Box 57
Oxford, NC 27565
919-693-5191
Fax: 919-693-8999

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