Survivors and Social Security Benefits

The loss of a loved one can have devastating effects on a family that reach far beyond emotional distress. Spouses and dependents often find themselves in a difficult financial situation following the tragic loss and must seek ways to supplement their income.

Fortunately, if an individual has worked for a specific amount of time and has paid taxes to Social Security, their loved ones may be eligible for social security benefits in the event of death. If you believe you may be eligible to collect Social Security benefits, contact the Indianapolis Social Security attorneys of the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565 to discuss your options.

Commonly Recognized Survivors

Depending on the age of the individual at the time of death, survivors’ benefits may be paid to related family members. Typical beneficiaries may include:

  • A widow or widower (Non -disabled) as early as 60 years of age.
  • Disabled widow/widower as early as 50 years of age.
  • Dependent parents at least 62 years of age.
  • Any children who were disabled before the age of 22 and continue to live with disability.
  • Unmarried children under 18 years of age (stepchildren, grandchildren, etc, may count in special circumstances).

Although it is often difficult to deal with monetary questions in a time of loss, Social Security benefits may ease the financial burdens on families in need of support.

Contact Us

If you are unsure of the laws and regulations regarding Social Security benefits for survivors, or if you believe you are eligible to collect benefits, please contact the Indianapolis Social Security lawyers of the Hankey Law Office at 317-634-8565 to discuss your claim.