I just got off the phone with social security. When I called last week the Texas office told me that based on the info I gave them, my 10 year old son would qualify for survivor benefits from his estranged father who passed away a few weeks ago. She also checked and told me that there were benefits available.
They set up a phone appointment with the local office. The local office also said he qualified, but that there are no benefits available because the deceased had not reported income since 2001. She said he had 34 credits and needed 36 so my son will not get anything.
1st question is: Why would one office take all the info and tell me there were benefits available and a 2nd one take the same info and tell me there is not? Since one of them is mistaken where can I go to get the correct answer for sure?
2nd questions: I knew this would be a problem because the deceased was a musician and just failed to report income. Is there anything I can do to prove that he did have income that was not reported, or does it make no difference at this point? Is there simply no recourse?
This man started procedures to sue me for visitation. I always refused to allow it because of his lifestyle. Every time I would tell him to go ahead and take me to court, he would drop the legal action probably because of his income situation. He never gave me a dime to help support my son while he was alive and it now looks like he got away without helping me even in his death. Just goes to show you. There is not two things you can't avoid. Death and taxes. Some people do successfully avoid one of those apparently.
Thanks for any help or advice you can offer.