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    Default Should Documents with a Decedent's Social Security Number Be Shredded

    My question involves estate proceedings in the state of: New York

    I was going through a collection of my grandmother's papers. I know some can be discarded to recycling without destroying like old utility bills and store purchase receipts. However, I have quiet a few documents with her's or my step-grandfather's SSN on them. Even though they have been dead for decades and the estates settled, should these papers still be shredded?

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    Default Re: Should Documents with a Decedent's Ssn Be Shredded

    Legally, there's no requirement that you shred anything.
    Shredding doesn't preclude recycling.
    If you want to, you can just blot the SSN with a magic marker, though you're estimation that the SSN of a dead man with a closed estate is probably not very risky.

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    Default Re: Should Documents with a Decedent's Ssn Be Shredded

    Your post doesn't raise any legal issue, but I'll give you an anecdotal response.

    About a decade ago, three immediate family members died within a span of about 21 months. I was in charge of their estates and trusts. After reporting the deaths to the Social Security Administration and shredding documents in each person's possession at the time of death, I continued to shred things until the estates and trusts had closed. After that, I figured that I didn't care anymore. I still receive the occasional credit card solicitation and just toss them in the trash. If someone wants to steal my dead monther's/sister's identity, it's really not my problem.

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    Default Re: Should Documents with a Decedent's Ssn Be Shredded

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    Even though they have been dead for decades and the estates settled, should these papers still be shredded?
    Some time after a person's death is reported to SSA the agency adds it to its publicly available death index, which a number of sites make available online. When they've been deceased for decades it is no longer needed to shred the SSN since that information is already publicly available anyway.

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    Default Re: Should Documents with a Decedent's Ssn Be Shredded

    Your SSN becomes public information just a few months after your death. No need to hide it.

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