Widows Benefits

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,