A divorced 62 year old father had applied for SSDI payments approximately 12 months prior to his death but had only received 1 or 2 monthly payments at the time of his death. He had received no back payments. His 62nd birthday was in March of 2015 and he died in late June of that year.
If there was an underpayment on the claim, meaning that he was owed past-due benefits that were not yet paid, then family members may file a Form SSA-1724 requesting the money. Whether any adult children are entitled to the underpayment depends on whether someone else with higher priority is entitled to it. You can find more information about who gets priority here: https://www.ssa.gov/forms/ssa-1724.html
If there were no past-due benefits owed to the deceased, then the adult children would not qualify to receive any benefits after his death.
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