The following checklist is designed to help you file for your Social Security benefits correctly so that prompt payments may be made.
Lump Sum Death Payment
A one-time payment of $255 is paid in addition to the monthly cash benefits described below. The lump-sum death payment (LSDP) is paid in the following priority order:
- 1.A surviving spouse who lived in the same household as the deceased person at the time of death.
- 2.A surviving spouse eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death.
- 3.A child or children eligible for or entitled to benefits for the month of death.
The deceased worker must have credit for work covered by Social Security, ranging from 1.5 to 10 years depending on his or her age at death.
Applying For Benefits
You must apply in order to receive benefits. You may apply at any Social Security office or, if you wish, you may apply by telephone. Just dial 800-772-1213, and the operator will schedule an appointment for you or arrange for the local Social Security office or take your claim by telephone.
Contacting Social Security
You may call Social Security toll-free, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. The number to use is 800-772-1213. To speak with a representative, call between the hours of 7:00am and 7:00pm on regular business days. At other times and on weekends and holidays, you may leave a message, and they will call you back, in most cases, the next business day.
You may use the toll-free number to make an appointment either in a Social Security office or telephone to apply for benefits, transact other Social Security business, or just ask questions.