Widows Benefits

Will My Wife's Widow's Benefits Be Reduced If She Takes Her Own Benefits Early?


I turn 66 this September. At that time, I will be elibible for full retirement benefits. My wife is 4 years younger. She turns 62 in October. With my earnings record, I will receive close to the maximum benefit. My wife, on the other hand stayed at home to raise our children and did not work full time. She would qualify for marginal benefits ( I think they are around $100.00/ month at full retirement age), so she basically has no benefits of note.

Can I Get Retroactive Benefits?


My husband of 40 years passed away 11-12-13. He was 69. I was unaware of widows benefits and did not file until January 2016, shortly after I turned 61. I know I am receiving a higher benefit because I "waited" to file. If I agree to lower benefits and repayment of my overpayment can I retroactively collect benefits for the year I was eligible?

Hi Valerie,

I'm sorry for your loss.

What If More Than One Person Claims Widow's Benefits On The Same Deceased Husband?


My husband and I were separated for many years but never divorced...(He said he wouldn't sign and 1/2 the time I didn't know where he was and couldn't afford an atty.) He passed away 2 years ago. I found out the night of his death that he remarried in 1995 while we were/are still married..Wife #2 refused/refuses to file an annulment even tho she knows the marriage isn't legal. She found out about 6 years after they were married with a kid that he was still legally married to me. Everyone kept it from me knowing I would file bigamy charges.

How Far Back Can I Claim Widow's Benefits?


My husband suddenly passed away on March 25, 2015. He was 67 years old. He was receiving his social security.
I and my children, totally forgot about me applying to get my widow benifits from his social security.
I am retired and receive a pension from my US Goverment employment.
Would you please guide me as to what I should do?
Will I be able to get his pension from the date he died?
Or, what do I do?
Thank you
I am now 67, and on Dec. 2, will be 68.


Can My Wife File For Reduced Benefits On Her Own And Switch To Widow's Benefits When I Die?


I am 71 and my wife 56. I have been receiving SS payments since I turned 66 (Full retirement age). My wife is retired and will start receiving a pension when she turns 57. She wants to collect her own SS benefit at 62. Can she switch to my benefits when I die and collect my full benefit instead of hers. Thanks, Keith

Hi Keith,