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Can You Collect Benefits Off Of A Person You Killed?

Posted by John Kuhnlein | Nov 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

With everyone locked in together during the Covid-19 pandemic, I suspect the occasional thought of homicide has occurred to more than a few spouses. Of course, no one is going to act on that impulse, right? But, what if you did? Could you finally off that husband of yours and later collect retirement benefits based on his earnings record?

Don't Pull The Trigger

Sadly for you would-be assassins out there, Social Security is onto you. If you do go ahead and pull the trigger, so to speak, you can give up on getting any

Leaving The Killing To The Assassins

money from Social Security based on your late husband's employment earnings.  If you want all the details, here they are:

20 C.F.R § 404.305:

(b) Person's death caused by an intentional act. You may not become entitled to or continue to receive any survivor's benefits or payments on the earnings record of any person, or receive any underpayment due a person, if you were convicted of a felony or an act in the nature of a felony of intentionally causing that person's death. If you were subject to the juvenile justice system, you may not become entitled to or continue to receive survivor's benefits or payments on the earnings record of any person, or receive any underpayment due a person, if you were found by a court of competent jurisdiction to have intentionally caused that person's death by committing an act which, if committed by an adult, would have been considered a felony or an act in the nature of a felony.

Old Wisdom In Old Songs

So, remember the old song that instructed It's Cheaper To Keep Her. Divorce is a lot less messy and it leaves you fully able to collect off that deadbeat ex-spouse of yours (provided you were married at least 10 years.)

Domestic Violence Is Not A Joke

Don't Make The Scene

All joking aside, domestic violence is intolerable. If you feel you are in any danger, please seek help at once. For the rest of you daydreaming about being single again, it could cost you some dough down the line (and your freedom).

About the Author

John Kuhnlein

Since 1992, I have been helping the people of Southern Arizona get the benefits they are due. Before devoting all my efforts to assisting people with Social Security disability claims, I also handled such complex lawsuits as medical malpractice and products liability. I brought to my Social Security cases all the skills and attention to detail that I developed in the courtroom. I approach each Social Security disability case as if it were a million-dollar lawsuit. For the people trying to get Social Security benefits, their claim is every bit as important. Because I have personally handled so many Social Security cases, I have refined the skills I need to win your case for you. I have helped people win cases for every kind of ailment from arthritis to valley fever. At present, I am focused on helping those persons with neurological and orthopedic disorders. Because claims for people over age fifty bring additional complications, I particularly seek out those cases to work on. I regularly write about back and spine conditions on my blog. I actively seek out the latest information about orthopedic and neurological disorders to ensure I can represent my clients as effectively as possible. Because of my current focus, I regret that I am not able to take any cases for mental disorders. If you are over age fifty and suffer from any orthopedic or neurological disorder, please contact me at once.


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