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The Social Security death benefits your clients need to know When workers covered by Social Security die, their spouse or surviving children are entitled to a $255 lump-sum death benefit, as long as they meet certain requirements, according to this article on Motley Fool. Your clients' loved ones may also receive survivor benefits if their working spouse earned enough credits. To qualify, a surviving spouse must have been married to their deceased working partner for nine months or longer, while surviving children should be 18 or younger, or they are in high school and 19 years old and younger. Disabled children are also eligible regardless of age, provided that they became disabled before the age of 22.

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