When Is The Best Time To Apply For Survivor

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You may apply for survivor benefits as soon as possible after your date of death. You can file as many applications as you want, but the earliest one will be processed first. The period of time from which benefits are paid starts with the first day of your last month of disability and ends on the last day before you would have filed a claim for Social Security retirement or disability benefits if still alive on that date. For example, if you were disabled for 42 months ending November 1st 2017, your 42nd month must be December 2016 to qualify for benefit payments beginning January 2018.