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There are benefits that may be available to a family at the time of death and are subject to change. We can help advise you about the current benefits and whether you or your family qualify and will assist in filing for and obtaining any benefits to which you may be entitled.

Social Security Benefit Information

Social Security survivors benefits help ease the financial burden that follows a worker's death. Almost all children under age 18 will get monthly benefits if a working parent dies. Other family members may be eligible for benefits, too.

Anyone who has worked and paid Social Security (FICA) taxes has been earning Social Security benefits for his or her family. The amount of work needed to pay survivors benefits depends on the worker's age at the time of death. It may be as little as 1-1/2 years for a young worker. No one needs more than 10 years.

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Veterans Benefits Information

What Are VA Burial Allowances?
VA burial allowances are partial reimbursements of an eligible veteran's burial and funeral costs. When the cause of death is not service related, the reimbursements are generally described as two payments:
(1) a burial and funeral expense allowance, and (2) a plot or interment allowance.

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Public Aid Benefits Information

An overview of the Illinois Department of Public Aid regulations as they apply to burial benefits for P.A. recipients and is taken from the Illinois Funeral Directors Association Website. Public aid reimbursements are changed periodically.  Chesed v’Emet will contact IDPA at the time of need to check on whether or not a person is eligible for the reimbursement. We will file the claim form on behalf of the family of a Public Aid recipient as part of our services. The rules and regulations for determining eligibility for receiving Public Aid benefits can be very confusing. Therefore, we will help you in determining your eligibility for pre-paid funeral plan.

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Illinois Pre-Arrange Consumer Guide

This Consumers Guide was designed to provide assistance to consumers in making decisions in connection with the pre-need purchase of funeral and burial services and merchandise. Prepared by the Office of the Comptroller, in conjunction with cemetery and funeral home industry leaders, this Guide sets forth your legal rights and protections under Illinois law when making such purchases. This edition reflects Illinois law as of January 1, 2002.

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