In November of 2008, I assisted my mother in filing a 21-4138 form for intent to apply for Aid and Attendance. We received a letter from the VA acknowledging receipt of the form and notifying us that we had a year to file the actually application.
Over the following year, my family got all the information together and at the end of November 2009, we formally submitted the Aid and Attendance application to the VA. Over the next several months my mother fell ill, and unfortunately, she passed away on January 28, 2010. The week after she passed way, I received a phone call from the VA indicating that they had decided to award my mother a monthly VA benefit.
Last week, I received that actual award letter which indicates that my mother would be receiving a monthly payment and that she is entitled to the accumulated amount of those payments going back to the point when we filed the 21-4138 form. There is also a statement in the award letter saying that a finding of incompetence is pending on my mother due to the information provided in the physicianís statement that we submitted with the application. The VA is requesting additional information before they will release the retroactive award.
Since my mother is now deceased, I am wondering what my best course of action should be with the VA. Obviously, we need to notify them of my mother's passing, however, I am afraid they will no longer pay her estate the retroactive amount she was due (aprox $14,000). This money would go a long way to helping pay for the funeral costs and other outstanding bills she had due.
Thanks in advance