Survivor Benefits

Is It True That You Can't Get Survivor Benefits If You're Receiving More On Your Own Record?

Hello,

My mother recently passed away at age 62 she had just started receiving social security benefits this year. My father who is 65 has been receiving benefits for quite some time now and since he worked longer was receiving higher benefits than my mom. My dad was recently told about survivor benefits and applied but was told since he received more than my mom he did not qualify except for the lump sum of $255. Is this usually the case? and what happens to the benefits my mom did not get to receive?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Am I Entitled To Any Benefits Other Than SSI?

This is really long I was granted disability in the 90 s at that time my check it seems was 4 or 5 hundred and something my husband got cancer few years after that long story short when he started drawing my check was cut we had to get divorce so my check would go back up because we couldn't make we lived together the whole time and got remarried a week before he died am I entitled to any benefits besides what I get now which is ssi

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Is Our Understanding Correct?

My sister in law (born in 60) is about to be widowed. Her Husband (born in 59) is passing from cancer. They have a 22 year old disabled daughter (age 22 been disabled since age 2). The daughter currently received SS benefits for her own disability. Disability paperwork for the husband has been filed but is not yet approved. We understand the husbands disability will be permitted to be passed to his daughter at a 50% level and his widow will be able to collect his death benefit until such time that her own benefit exceeds her husbands.

Will My Children's Benefit Rates Be Adjusted If I Return To Work?

Hi Larry, My 39 year old husband applied (and was quickly approved) for SS disability benefits last year when he was diagnosed with a terminal illness. During the process, the Social Security Rep advised me to file for my 2 children and myself at the same time. After he died, the 3 of us began receiving benefits, in equal amounts, up to the family max. Now that I am preparing to go back to work, can I decline benefits?

Would I Qualify For Benefits On My Deceased Husband's Record?

My husband recently passed away, he was receiving ssi (disability) benefits. His was $840 and his daughters $298. They sent a letter saying hers would now be $698. I was never put on his ssi because not legally married . Now listed on his will as wife. I made $29,000 last year and 58 years old. Would I qualify for benefits or should I just leave it alone and let his daughter collect. (She lives with me) I will be her legal guardian)

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Am I Entitled To Both Social Security And VA Benefits?

My husband worked for the Veterans administration am I entitled to receive both social security and V A benefit? My husband died in 2009.
Thank You
Mary

Hi Mary,

I'm sorry for your loss.

I can't really answer your question without more information. If your husband was insured for Social Security benefits you may be eligible for widow's benefits, but you would have to be at least age 60 or 50 and disabled to qualify.

Would I Be Eligible To File On My Deceased First Husband's Record?

I am 70 and I am not eligible to file on my husband as, I worked for the state, would I be eligible to file on my first spouse who is deceased.

Hi,

Assuming that you are currently married, you couldn't be eligible for benefits on a prior spouse's record unless you were age 60 or older when you married your current husband (https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.04/handbook-0406.html).