Blind Pension Manual

0510.005.00 BP Claimant Dies Before Receipt of Check

When a BP participant dies on or after the date a benefit check or direct deposit was due and payable to him/her, before he/she has endorsed the check for that month, one of the next of kin or a creditor may claim that benefit.

To do so, he/she must file an affidavit in Probate Court, stating whether the deceased participant left any estate other than the unpaid check, and, if so, the value of such estate as provided in RSMo 208.180. An IM-208A (Introductory Letter to Probate Division of Circuit Court) and an IM-208B (Circuit Court, Probate Division: Authorization for release of a check) must be given to and completed by the next of kin and the circuit judge in order for the check to be released.

EXAMPLE 1:  Mr. A receives BP and died on June 3, 2016.  He died before the 10th of the month and his next of kin or creditor may not claim his June BP grant.

EXAMPLE 2:  Mr. B receives BP and died on June 10, 2016.  He died on the date his BP was due and payable.  His next of kin or creditor may claim his June BP grant.