Do Not Hesitate: Contact a Disabled Benefits Attorney in Murrieta CA for Help Today
If you are applying for disabled widow benefits in Murrieta CA then you may be dealing with a lot of stress. Not only have you lost your spouse, but you are now asked to navigate a potentially complex system. You are not in this alone. Keep reading to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about DWB benefits and then contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 if you would like to talk to an attorney who can help.
What is Needed for a DWB Benefits in Murrieta CA Application?
In most cases, you will need to visit or call your local Social Security office. There are a number of pieces of paper you will need to have on hand to get the process started. For example, we recommend bringing these four items:
- The death certificate or notice from the funeral home
- Your marriage certificate
- Your social security number
- Your spouse’s social security number
These are not necessarily the only items you will need but they are a start.
Who is Eligible to Receive Disabled Widows Benefits in Murrieta CA from Social Security?
The widow or widower of a person who worked long enough under Social Security to qualify for benefits. The number of work credits needed depends on the worker's age when they die. The younger a person is, the fewer credits they must have. To receive benefits as a widow or widower, you must be at least 50 years old. Finally, the widow or widower’s disability must have started before or within seven years of the worker's death.
What is the Payout for Disabled Widows Benefits in Murrieta CA?
The monthly benefit amount is based on the earnings of your deceased spouse. The more they paid into their SSA account, the more the benefit you would receive. Your monthly DWB benefit would be based on a percentage of their basic Social Security benefit. If you are at full retirement age then you would receive 100% of their benefit, a person between the ages of 60 and full retirement would receive between 71.5% and 99% of their benefit (depending on their age), and a person aged 50 to 59 would get 71.5% of their spouses’ benefit.
Are DWB Benefits in Murrieta CA Paid Immediately?
No. DWB are not paid the month in which the person dies. As a result, if your spouse receives a disability or SSA retirement check that covers the period of time between their death and the date you receive the check, you will need to return the money. Talk to your DWB attorney to find out if any money you have received needs to be returned. Note as well that you are likely eligible for a one-time $255 payout if you were living in the same home as your spouse at the time of their death.