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Children's Benefits Under Social Security

Special One-Time Death Benefit

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If there is no widow(er), child(ren) of a deceased worker are eligible for a one-time death benefit of a total for all children of $255.

The child must have been entitled to or eligible for benefits on the deceased's earnings record for the month the worker died.

In the case of several children, each one is eligible for an equal share of the lump sum. If one or more of the children choose not to apply, those children who do apply may be paid only their proportionate share of the lump sum. The unpaid balance will remain unpaid unless those children who originally chose not to apply later decide to do so.

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