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Widowers benefits

My 90 year old uncle was widowed a week ago when my aunt died. They ahd been maried for many years. Her benefits were much larger than his. Am I to understand that his benefits will automatically increase without our contacting the office or completing any paperwork? Thank you!

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You should contact Social Security regarding the passing of your aunt.

When a beneficiary dies, a family member or other person responsible for the beneficiary's affairs should promptly notify Social Security of the beneficiary's death by calling SSA toll-free at 1-800-772-1213.

If your uncle was getting benefits as a your aunt's work, when you report the death to Social Security, they will change his payments to survivors benefits.

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/deathbenefits.htm

http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/10084.html


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