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Slogging Through the Paperwork

July 20th, 2013 at 04:17 am

I have been trying to help my Mom get any benefits that she may be entitled to since my father's passing. Strike One --- It took a very long time to get through to Social Security, but I was told that they would send paperwork to my mom for both the death benefit and the survivor's benefits. Supposedly the survivor benefits will be automatic. The mortuary had already informed Social Security of the death.

Strike Two --- Called the pension fund to let them know of my Dad's passing and inquired about procedure for the death benefit. I was told that the death benefit was discontinued in 2009 because the pension fund was not doing well. They will send my mother a copy of the letter..........She sure could have used the money.

Strike Three --- I emailed the fraternal union regarding the passing, and claim form procedure. Hopefully I will hear from them soon.

Mom is still planning to move closer this way and sell her farm. I told her to let it rest for a few months first. My youngest brother, J4, lives nearby and is increasing the size of his chicken coop. So Mom will give him her chickens when he is finished. So then the only animals left will be the cats, more cats, and lots of kittens......Smile

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Still trying to get our other house rented. 2 more credit reports appear to be a bit checkered --- late payments, no payments, etc. Probably not worth the risk. Sigh......another couple that my husband likes has not returned our emails or calls to authorize online credit checking. Perhaps they already found another place. So tomorrow I am back to calling the backlog of numbers. I am tired of showing this --- the stress of my Dad has not helped. Next time, I may hire a company or an agent to screen and select a tenant (we will still manage the property). I have gotten so many stories and I am still a bit soft, I think. Everyone seems to be so nice --- and I am sure they are ---- but they may not pay their bills!
A guy at work did give me another perspective: He said that I cannot expect the financial caliber of a renter to be the same as a buyer (or myself). If they were, then they would probably be buying not renting!

1 Responses to “Slogging Through the Paperwork”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I do hope your mother can hang tight a little while, it is not good to make major decisions after the death of a spouse. Is it too late to hire an agency to screen the tenants? Not ALL renters are bad, but your coworker does make a point. Good luck, I hope the right ones show up SOON!

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