If a claimant dies before filing an application but after we receive a protective
filing, someone eligible to receive the deceased claimant’s underpayment may file
the application. The period in which an application can be filed is determined by
the protective filing closeout period in GN 00204.012.
NOTE: A protective filing may be a written statement of intent to file (including a written
statement prepared by a Social Security Administration employee such as a completed
SSA-2514 (Record of Claimant's Intent to File) (or its electronic equivalent), or
enhanced Leads and Appointment System (eLAS) Worksheet or an oral inquiry about Supplemental
Security Income (SSI). See GN 00204.010 for protective filing policy and SI 00601.015 through SI 00601.025 for SSI protective filings.