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Could Filing For The $255 Benefit From My Husband's Account Have Caused Social Security To Cut Off My Social Security Benefits?

After I notified Social Security of my husbands death and had an appointment to apply for his health benefit they sent $255 to my bank account on his social security number and $34 on mine SS# to my bank. The $34 is not the amount I draw every month. I got a letter stating the one time $255 but, said nothing about the $34. I believe they are completely cutting my SS off foe some strange reason. During my appointment with them they said nothing about cutting me off if I claimed the one time payment but, I believe they have.

Monday, December 26, 2022 - 13:10

Is There A Time Limit To File For Burial Benefits?

My parents died a number of years ago. I never filed a burial benefits. Is there a time limit to file ?


I'm sorry for your loss.

Social Security doesn't really pay a burial benefit, but there is a one-time death benefit of $255 that can be paid to certain survivors. However, the death benefit can only be paid if an application is filed within 2 years of the deceased person's death (

Thursday, June 25, 2020 - 12:05

Will the Lump Sum Payment Option Still Be Avaialable?

Assuming that the file & suspend strategy for singles will still be available (I was 64 on 1/1/16) when I reach FRA, if I suspend at 66 and "unsuspend" at 69 1/2, the lump sum payout would be around $90K and, thanks to you and your co-authors, I do understand that my monthly benefit reverts to the FRA amount. But my question is: What is the best strategy to handle that $90K sum? I'd hate to see it fully taxable in one year. I plan to still be working, so what would you recommend for investing it? Don't want to play the market. Thanks, Cathy

Friday, July 1, 2016 - 13:00
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