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State Supreme Court weighs heritage of Portage man


LANSING (WKZO) -- A Portage man who has been dead over a decade could set a new precedent in Michigan law....or not.

Jeff Mattison of Portage died in 2001 after battling health problems, but before he left he, he made a deposit in a sperm bank. His wife, Pam subsequently had twins thru in-vitro fertilization, and she applied for survivor benefits for the children, but Social Security denied eligibility because it’s not clear if they qualify as legal heirs.

That’s the question the State Supreme Court will be asked to resolve tomorrow, when they hear arguments in the case.

The Government claims the law states that only living heirs inherit death benefits and that means the twin boys are ineligible for what could be 200 to 500 dollars in monthly benefits dating back to their birth.

A ruling will come sometime down the road.