Are You Eligible for Survivor Benefits?
If someone who received Social Security benefits passes away, their family members may be eligible for some Social Security survivor benefits. When possible, the Social Security Disability benefits lawyers at William C Babut PC, help survivors secure Social Security benefits and avoid the extra burden of finding financial support after a loved one passes.
We have law offices throughout southeast Michigan, including offices in Ypsilanti, Taylor, Adrian and Jackson. To reach our Social Security lawyers near you, call (734) 485-7000.
Who Is Eligible for Social Security Survivor Benefits?
In order for a spouse or child to be eligible for Social Security survivor benefits, they must meet certain conditions. First and foremost, your deceased loved one must have worked long enough to be eligible for Social Security benefits.
Widows/Widowers: If you are a widow or widower, you are eligible for your spouse’s Social Security benefits if you are:
- Retirement age (full benefits) or 60 years old (reduced benefits)
- Disabled and at least 50 years old (reduced benefits)
- Any age and taking care of the deceased worker’s child (under age 16 or disabled)
If you are the divorced spouse of the deceased, you can still get benefits, so long as your marriage lasted 10 years or more and you meet the above conditions.
Children: Surviving children may receive 75 percent of their deceased parent’s disability benefits if they are:
- Under 18 years old or under 19 and in high school
- Currently disabled and the disability happened before age 22
Determining who is eligible for social security benefits is complex and there are many procedural pitfalls that our attorneys can help you avoid.
Experienced Michigan Social Security Lawyers
Our skilled Social Security/DIB lawyers are on your side. We have focused our practice on Social Security law and bankruptcy law since 1991. We understand these areas very well and remain current on any changes to the laws. This has helped us reach hundreds of successful outcomes in Social Security cases.
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