20 CFR 410.229 - When written statement is considered a claim; general.

§ 410.229 When written statement is considered a claim; general.
(a) Written statement filed by claimant on his own behalf. Where an individual files a written statement with the Administration (see § 410.227) which indicates an intention to claim benefits, and such statement bears his signature or his mark properly witnessed, the filing of such written statement, unless otherwise indicated by the regulations in this part, shall be considered to be the filing of a claim for benefits: Provided, That:
(1) The claimant or a proper party on his behalf (see § 410.222) executes a prescribed application form (see § 410.221) that is filed with the Administration during the claimant's lifetime and within the period prescribed in paragraph (c)(1) of this section; or
(2) In the case of a claimant who dies prior to the filing of such prescribed application form within the period prescribed in paragraph (c)(1) of this section, a prescribed application form is filed with the Administration within the period prescribed in paragraph (c)(2) of this section by a party acting on behalf of the deceased claimant's estate.
(b) Written statement filed by individual on behalf of another. A written statement filed by an individual which indicates an intention to claim benefits on behalf of another person shall, unless otherwise indicated thereon, be considered to be the filing of a claim for such purposes: Provided, That:
(1) The written statement bears the signature (or mark properly witnessed) of the individual filing the statement; and
(2) The individual filing the statement is the spouse of the claimant on whose behalf the statement is being filed, or a proper party to execute a claim on behalf of a claimant as determined by § 410.222; and
(3) Except as specified in § 410.230, a prescribed application form (see § 410.221) is executed and filed in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (a) (1) or (2) of this section.
(c) Period within which prescribed application form must be filed. After the Administration has received from an individual a written statement as described in paragraph (a) or (b) of this section:
(1) Notice in writing shall be sent to the claimant or to the individual who submitted the written statement on his behalf, stating that an initial determination will be made with respect to such written statement if a prescribed application form executed by the claimant or by a proper party on his behalf (see § 410.222), is filed with the Administration within 6 months from the date of such notice; or
(2) If the Administration is notified that the death of such claimant occurred before the mailing of the notice described in paragraph (c)(1) of this section, or within the 6-month period following the mailing of such notice but before the filing of a prescribed application form by or on behalf of such individual, notification in writing shall be sent to a person acting on behalf of his estate, or to the deceased's last known address. Such notification will include information that an initial determination with respect to such written statement will be made only if a prescribed application form is filed within 6 months from the date of such notification.
(3) If, after the notice as described in this paragraph (c) has been sent, a prescribed application form is not filed (in accordance with the provisions of paragraph (a) or (b) of this section) within the applicable period prescribed in paragraph (c)(1) or (c)(2) of this section, it will be deemed that the filing of the written statement to which such notice refers is not to be considered the filing of a claim for the purposes set forth in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section.
[36 FR 23752, Dec. 14, 1971, as amended at 39 FR 41525, Nov. 29, 1974]

Title 20 published on 2012-04-01

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