Explaining Social Security Survivor Benefits | Sumter County Shopper

Explaining Social Security Survivor Benefits |  Sumter County Shopper

We are here for the surviving family members when a worker dies. In the event of your death, some members of your family may be eligible for a survivor’s benefit. These include widows, widows, divorced women, widowers, children and dependent parents.

The amount of benefits survivors receive depends on your lifetime earnings. The higher your earnings, the greater your advantages. That’s why it’s important to make sure your earnings history is correct in our records. This begins with creating a mySocialSecurity account at www.ssa.gov/myaccount. The account is secure and gives you instant access to your earnings records, Social Security benefit estimates and a printable Social Security statement. The statement will allow you to see an estimate of survivor benefits that we can pay your family.

You may also wish to visit the Survivor Benefits Chart to help you better understand Social Security protections for you and your family as you plan for your financial future at www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors.

Please visit www.ssa.gov or read our publication Survivor Benefits at www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10084.pdf for more information. You can also help us spread the word by sharing this information with your family and friends.

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