Can I Collect My Deceased Father's Social Security?

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Apr 27 2017 - 5:23am

My father passed away in 1989, no one has collected his social security benefits.Am I (his only daughter)eligible to collect his benefits ?

Hi,

The only way you could qualify for benefits on your father's record is if you are unmarried and you became disabled prior to age 22 (https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10085.pdf).

Social Security is insurance, not an individual retirement account, and as such there is no guarantee that a person who pays Social Security taxes or anyone else will collect on the contributions that they paid into the program.

Best, Jerry