Most Americans pay into the Social Security program throughout their entire working careers, but what happens to a person’s benefits if they pass away unexpectedly? The attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin explain that if the deceased individual was married or had children, their next of kin would receive survivor benefits.
Several recent changes to the law allowing same-sex marriage has created some issues as to who this particular type of benefit should be awarded to. Several states have made it legal for two individuals of the same gender to become bound in matrimony.
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has ruled it will recognize same sex marriages when it comes to awarding survivor benefits, but only in states where the practice is legal.
These aren’t the only benefits same-sex couples may qualify for under the same rules. In fact, a story from Investment News states the Social Security Administration is currently processing claims for both spousal and children’s benefits for same sex couples living in states where the practice has been made legal.
Like most processes overseen by the SSA though, applying for any of these benefits can be a long and complex task. Hiring an attorney to help you with your case can help eliminate any questions you may have and make collecting the necessary paperwork and documentation easier.
At Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin, we’re available to speak with you anytime about questions you have regarding Social Security benefits. Call our team of Social Security Lawyers today at (800) 477-7315.
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