You’ve lost your spouse, and in the midst of your grieving people are relying on you to make so many decisions about how to move forward.
The last thing you need right now is stress about your financial situation. If your spouse was receiving Social Security Disability benefits, what happens now? Is there any help available for you?
You could possibly get a monthly widow or widower benefits check under Social Security Disability. And this could give you back a much-needed sense of stability.
You can grieve with less worry about money. You can take steps toward a better future.
Geary Disability Law guides people in the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin through this process. We’ve helped thousands of people.
If your late husband or wife qualified for and received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), that means they had income that counted toward both Social Security retirement and survivor benefits.
You may be able to receive a percentage of your late spouse’s disability benefits.
These factors determine what you are eligible for:
This is a simple overview of widow or widower benefits. Social Security rules also cover whether or not you can get disability benefits in the case of divorce, remarriage and being a surviving child.
Social Security also puts a ceiling on benefits per family member if more than one person is receiving benefits, among many other rules.
You can start by just talking to us about your situation. There’s no charge for that.
The first thing you should know is that if your deceased spouse was receiving disability benefits, you should not cash any checks dated the month of their death or afterward. You’re required to return those benefit amounts to Social Security.
If you’re a widow or widower who is eligible to receive some or all of your late spouse’s disability benefits, you’ll need to file a claim for that. First, you need to gather the documents to go with your application, including some or all of the following:
Putting all this paperwork together is another burden a disability attorney can take off your shoulders. They can help you by determining what documentation you’ll need and helping you gather it.
Disability attorney Tim Geary has over 20 years of experience helping people win Social Security Disability benefits.
And he knows the people in Wisconsin Social Security offices, in the courts, and in our local health care system.
At a hard time in your life, you deserve some support to get you through it.
It’s only natural for you to have many questions when your life has been disrupted by health problems and you need financial assistance. Get started on your path forward with our answers to some of the questions we hear most often:DISABILITY FAQs
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