Social Security survivor benefits

By Víctor Rodríguez, Director of Public Relations Social Security Administration

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The Social Security office reported that in the event of death, you could provide monthly survivor benefits to certain members of your family. These benefits include your widow (er), divorced ex-spouse, children, and dependent parents.

Each benefit has different qualification requirements (age, length of legal marriage, etc.). All these benefits will require that you have worked and died insured, according to the rules of Social Security.

The amount of benefits your survivors would receive will depend on their earned income credited to their Social Security record for their entire lifetime. The higher your earnings, the higher your profits. That is why it is important to make sure your income history is correct in our records. You can do this by creating a personal account of my Social Security at www.ssa.gov/myaccount (only available in English).

Bill my Social Security is secure and gives you immediate access to your earnings record, Social Security benefit calculations, and Social Security statement Printable to see an estimate of the survivors benefits we may pay to your family. At mySocialSecurity, you will also be able to check if you are insured for these benefits and get estimates of your possible future retirement and disability benefits.

You may also want to visit our Survivor Benefits Planner to help you better understand your Social Security protections and those of your family as you plan your financial future at www.socialsecurity.gov/benefits/survivors/.

Learn more by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov or read our publication Survivor Benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov/publications. You can also help us spread the word by sharing this information with your family and friends.

For more information, you can call 1-800-772-1213 or your local Social Security office according to your zip code at https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jspg

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