Answered on Nov 27th, 2015 at 5:02 PM
The answer to your question is: maybe.
Without knowing more about the family relatives still alive and potentially eligible, the following is a priority list of ones that can receive the money:
1.The surviving spouse who was either living in the same household as the deceased at the time of death or who, for the month of death, was entitled to a monthly benefit on the same record as the deceased;
2.Children who, for the month of death, were entitled to a monthly benefit on the same record as the deceased;
3.Parents who, for the month of death, were entitled to a monthly benefit on the same record as the deceased;
4.A surviving spouse not qualified under 1. above;
5.Children not qualified under 2. above;
6.Parents not qualified under 3. above; or
7.The legal representative of the deceased person's estate.
This information is from the SSA website and I recommend you review it and study it closel. https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-1724.html
Form SSA-1724 needs to be completed by the person in the list of the 7 indicated above that has the highest priority. Here is an online fillable PDF form link https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-1724.pdf
WARNING: do not complete this form for yourself if you have any question whether you are the correct person to request and receive the money. SSA prosecutes fraud.
No attorney-client relationship has been established because of the information provided. Seek local counsel to address your particular facts. MJHJ