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getting benefits from a deseased mother.

My granddaughters mother was killed over this summer, after which we found out that she is our granddaughter. Her father works, is newly married with one child and another on the way. My husband and I happily agreed to help with the granddaughter. The question is, would she be eligable for social security benefits. As I said earlier, we only learned after her mothers death that the child was ours, thru paternity testing. She was the sole caregiver and provider to Addison. We had susspected that she was our sons, but mom wouldnt confirm.

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