Applying for Social Security disability in Oklahoma can often take a long time. There are multiple channels that the Social Security Administration has to go through to determine if the person applying for Social Security Disability is eligible.
To make matters worse, if someone begins an application on their own and is denied, the process of reapplying can take even longer. Sadly, it is not uncommon for some claimants to die while their SSD application is still pending.
If that happens, the question then comes up whether or not a family member can keep the application going and claim the deceased person’s Social Security disability benefits for themselves. The short answer is yes, but let’s take a look at how a Social Security disability lawyer in Oklahoma can help claim a deceased family member’s benefits.
First of all, you’ll need to determine which family members are eligible to continue the SSD application process on behalf of their deceased relative. This might include a spouse, child or the claimant’s parents.
Otherwise, any accepted SSD benefits will go to the person’s estate. Relatives may either continue an already-in-process SSD claim or start a new one on the deceased person within three months of their death if they feel that the person was entitled to benefits.
Let’s say that you are a family member with a deceased relative who qualified for or applied for SSD but never received it. What steps must you take to begin the process?
The Social Security Administration will need a copy of the deceased person’s death certificate along with several forms, which you can ask for at your local Social Security office. We would recommend reaching out to an Oklahoma Social Security disability lawyer to make the process easier.
That’s where Krebs Law Firm can help. We are here to assist anyone with questions they may have about Social Security disability law in Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas. We want you to have a clear understanding about what your rights are and if you are eligible to receive benefits, whether for yourself or on behalf of a deceased relative. For a free initial consultation, call the Krebs Law Firm today toll free at (800) 345-0535.
It can be daunting learning the ins and outs of Social Security Disability benefits, but it’s not a task you need to take on alone. Call on an Oklahoma Disability Attorney from the Krebs Law Firm to help you every step of the way, whether you’re applying for Social Security Disability, you have already been approved or you have a family member that passed away while their SSD application was still pending. Call the Krebs Law Firm today for a free consultation at (800) 345-0535.