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How to Claim Payments of the Deceased With the Form SSA-1724-F4

Form SSA-1724-F4: Claim for Amounts Due in the Case of a Deceased Social Security Recipient

This post will address a sad situation that can take place in every family – when a family member dies and there is a need to claim the social security payments that the deceased person received. Family members are often responsible for settling all financial and legal matters of the deceased. According to the law, payments may be paid to the next of kin or to the legal representative of the person who died. The first step to receiving these payments is to fill out form SSA-1724-F4. In this post, we’ll discuss this form in details.

Who needs a Form SSA-1724-F4?

This form is used by the relatives of the deceased social security recipient or the legal representative of the estate. Among the immediate relatives allowed to receive these payments are the spouse, children, and parents of the deceased. The legal representative of the estate should have a letter of appointment if he decides to complete this form.


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What is the Form SSA-1724-F4 for?

This form is a claim to allow the applicant to receive the social security payments of the deceased person. The Social Security Administration uses the information provided to determine if the claimant is eligible for social payments

Is the Form SSA-1724-F4 accompanied by other forms?

As a rule, the claimant doesn’t need to attach other forms to the claim, but if the document is completed by a legal representative of the estate, a letter of appointment should be submitted.

When is the Form SSA-1724-F4 due?

Although it’s difficult, the relatives of the deceased person should fill out this form as soon as possible after the funeral. The sooner the applicant completes the form, the sooner the Social Security Administration will be able to make their decision and transfer payment from the deceased to the applicant.

What information should be provided in the SSA-1724-F4 form?

When completing the form the claimant has to provide the following information:

  • Name of the deceased, date of the death, SSN, state of living
  • Name of the applicant, relationship to the deceased
  • Name of the surviving widow(er), address, Social Security Number
  • Number of living children (including adopted and stepchildren, grandchildren, and step-grandchildren if their parents are disabled or deceased)
  • Name of the child, address, relationship to the deceased, SSN
  • Number of living parents
  • Name of living parent, address, SSN
  • Name of legal representative of the estate, address

The applicant should also sign the claim, date it and provide a telephone number and mailing address. Account information should be provided including the type of account and the routing number. If required, witnesses should sign and type their address in this form.

Where should the Form SSA-1724-F4 be sent?

The completed form should be sent to the local Social Security Office. If any questions arise, the applicant should call 1-800-772-1213.

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