Q: Will returning to my maiden name affect my death benefits?
I've been widowed since 2009 and receive death benefits. I've never remarried and would now like to return to my maiden name. Will legally going back to my maiden name change my death benefits?
A: No, changing your name to your maiden name will not affect Social Security survivor benefits you are receiving since you are not changing your marital status. Once you have your name legally changed, you need to inform Social Security and show them the court order of the name change. To report a name change, fill out an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5). Social Security will ask for identifying documents of your prior name. Social Security will then change your records to your current legal name. For more information, see https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10127.pdf.
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