Helping family members obtain death benefits
Losing the care and comfort of a loved one is devastating for family members. It can be even more difficult to cope with the loss when you and your family relied on your loved one as a financial provider. The uncertainty of your financial future can cause immense stress at a time when you are already dealing with a terrible loss.
At Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C, we understand what you are going through. Our Pensacola and Mobile death benefits attorney and staff are here to offer our comfort and support to help you through this difficult time. We listen to your needs and concerns and guide you through each step of your claim and appeal for benefits so that you can focus on your family.
Eligibility for death benefits
Using more than 30 years of legal experience combined with the expertise of a board-certified specialist in Social Security disability law, Pensacola and Mobile death benefits lawyer Byron A. Lassiter and our support team help family members obtain benefits when they lose a loved one who worked long enough under Social Security to qualify for benefits. We assist all types of qualifying survivors:
- Surviving spouse of an eligible worker who lived in the same household as the worker at the time of death
- Surviving spouse of an eligible worker who lived apart from the worker but received certain Social Security benefits on the worker’s record
- If there is no eligible spouse, the eligible children of the worker
For our death benefits lawyer in Pensacola and Mobile to help children collect benefits, the children must meet one of the following requirements:
- Children were receiving benefits based on the work record of their deceased parent during the month when the worker parent died
- Children are eligible to receive disability benefits
Social Security disability death benefits for survivors
Eligible family members are entitled to receive a lump sum death benefit payment on the worker’s record of $255 as of 2012. In addition, our death benefits attorney in Baldwin County may be able to help eligible family members obtain monthly benefits:
- Widow or widower age 60 or older
- Disabled widow or widower age 50 or older
- Widow or widower who is caring for the worker’s child who under age 16 or disabled
- Surviving divorced spouse (under certain circumstances)
- Unmarried children of the deceased worker who are under age 18, up to age 19 and full-time students in elementary or secondary school or age 18 or older with a disability that began before age 22
- Stepchildren, grandchildren, step-grandchild and adopted children (under certain circumstances)
- Parents age 62 or older who were dependent on the deceased for at least half their financial support
Helping you obtain benefits after the death of a loved one
For help from our death benefit attorneys and staff in Baldwin County, Mobile County and the surrounding areas, contact Byron A. Lassiter & Associates, P.C. online or by phone toll free at 800.544.3568. Initial consultations are free and there are no fees unless we win.