Rapid City, MI asked in Social Security for Michigan

Q: My father passed in 2009. Days before his passing he was approved of his back pay. Can I claim it as his next of kin?

My father passed away in Aug 2009. Days before passing he received his letter that his back pay had been approved. A letter went out a few months later to my grandmother, who also passed prior to getting the letter. As his only next of kin am I eligible and able to claim his back pay?

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Interesting. Was your father married at the time of his death? If not, then I think you might be entitled to it. It was never paid out? Was his estate ever probated?

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