Social Security Death Benefits
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In the United States, it is very essential for every person that they pay for Social Security. It is an insurance program which is being run for the benefit of people themselves. Once a person gets retired out of their jobs or gets any kind of disability, they are provided with various benefits offered under these plans. There are also certain benefits that are death benefits and are provided even after the worker dies. They can be claimed by the survivors of that person. They are known as the ‘social security death benefits’.
There are certain criteria set for the people who are qualified for these death benefits. Sixty-two years or much older dependent parents, disabled children irrespective of their ages, widower or widow above 60 years of age, disabled widower or widow of 50 years, unmarried children below the age of 19 years and even the adopted children, grand children or step children are qualified for receiving the death benefits.
There are also several factors that determine the amount that one receives as death benefits. One such factor includes the average of the lifetime earnings of that person. Then these earnings undergo several other calculations by the Social Security officers and then an amount which comes out as the final one is provided to the dependants or the people claiming for such benefits. As far as the application procedure is concerned, then the survivors are free to apply online. They can apply by filling out the application form which is available at their official website. They may also call up at the concerned departments and may apply for these benefits.
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