When spouses or children who were supported on social assistance benefit, they can claim a sum of money.
The one-time payment of $255 is not the same as survivor benefits, but in some cases people can claim both.
First, spouses have priority in claiming the $255. After that, children of the beneficiary take priority.
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How do you apply for the lump sum survivor benefit?
To apply, call 1-800-772-1213, the National Office of the Social Security Administration. You can also go to any Social Security office, including your local one. There is no way to apply online.
No appointment is necessary, but it helps to call and make an appointment if you don’t want to wait.
In preparation, consider the documents you may need so that you have them all on hand during the first meeting. Documents include birth certificate or birth certificate, proof of U.S. citizenship, military discharge papers, W-2 forms from the previous year, and the death certificate of the person from whom you are applying for benefits.
All documents, except the W-2 forms, must be original.