We will notify Social Security that there has been a death in your family immediately after the arrangements are made. Please note that we will only notify them, we will not make a claim on your behalf. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or concerns.
Taylor Funeral Service is helping the Social Security office by giving you this information about Social Security benefits. If the deceased was receiving benefits, you need to contact us to report the death. If you think you may be eligible for survivor’s benefits, you should contact us to apply. To apply for any benefits, you must call the Social Security office. You may call 1-800-772-1213 to file a claim or call the Montrose office at 1-866-758-1317. The office is located at 1805 Pavilion Dr. Montrose, Colorado, 81401.
Social Security survivors benefits help ease the financial burden that follows a worker’s death. Almost all children under age 18 will get monthly benefits if a working parent dies. Other family members may be eligible for benefits, too. Anyone who has worked and paid Social Security (FICA) taxes has been earning Social Security benefits for his or her family. The amount of work needed to pay survivors benefits depends on the workers age at the time of death. It may be as little as 1½ years for a young worker. No one needs more than 10 years.
Family members who usually qualify for benefits:
In addition to the monthly benefits for family members, a one-time payment of $255 can be paid to a spouse who was living with the worker at the time of death. If there is none, it can be paid to:
This payment cannot be made if there is no eligible spouse or child.
You can apply for benefits by telephone or by going to any Social Security office. You may need some of the documents shown on the list below. But don’t delay your application because you don’t have all the information. If you don’t have a document you need, Social Security can help you get it.
You will need to submit original documents or copies certified by the issuing office. You can mail or bring them to the office. Social Security will make photocopies and return your documents.
If you are 65 or older, disabled, or blind ask the Social Security representative about Supplemental Security Income (SSI) checks for people with limited income and resources. If you receive SSI, you may also qualify for Medicaid, food stamps, and other social services.
If the deceased was receiving Social Security benefits, any checks which arrive after death will need to be returned to the Social Security office. If Social Security checks were being directly deposited into a bank account, the bank needs to be notified of the death, too.
For more information visit the Social Security Administration online, or write or visit any Social Security office, or call the toll-free number: 1-800-772-1213. You can speak with a representative weekdays 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.