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Disabled Widow(er) Benefits

How Do I Know I'm Getting All Of The Benefits I Can Get?

I am 57 yrs of age and am totally disabled for 10 years my husband just passed away last year and I contacted social security and they told me I can only receive 447 of my husbands social security for widows benefits since I receive 987 on my income for disability my husband and I were not prepared since he has never been sick and both his parents are in late 90s and I am in stage 3 kidney failure and have had several surgeries and my doctors say my body is deteriorating and my husband did everything to care for me so how do I know I am getting all the benefits I am suppose to s

Friday, May 12, 2017 - 09:28

Can I Collect Disabled Widow's Benefits If I'm Remarried?

My first husband passed away in 1994 when I was 33. I am now 55 and have been on disability for 3 years even though I'm remarried can I collect on my first husband's benefits


No, unless you remarried after age 50 and after you became disabled (

Best, Jerry

Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 07:00

Can I Work Part-Time Without Losing My Disability Benefits?

I live in TX. I receive widows benefits at the rate of 72% of what I would have received had my husband retired. He was 57. I also am disabled since 2006 and thus receive a small percentage of mine due to forced medical retirement. As you may have guessed, it is a meager income and Medicare does not cover all the bills.
Is it possible for me to work part time, if my health will allow, without affecting my social security? If so, what is the monetary limit? I'm getting disparate and don't want to lose my home or have to move in with family

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 14:15

Will My Benefits Go Up In The Future?

My husband was 47 & drawing SSD, I was 60,drawing SSD. Husband passed away in June of 2013 @ 47 years old.I was drawing my $1015.00 & $269.oo I will be 65 in Jan.29,2016,will I be able to draw all my husband's that he was getting when he passed.$1402,00? & allso keep a getting my $1015.00? I was also married to a man for 16 years before this marriage,he is retired & drawing over $ 1900. a month.Can I get any of his?This is very confusing.

Thanks Susan

Hi Susan,

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 11:30

Can I Receive Survivor Benefits On My Ex's Record If I'm Disabled?

Hi Larry, I am so confused about Social Security Benefits and have some questions that I hope you can answer or lead me in right direction. I was married for 30 1/2 years before my husband filed for divorce. I had only worked part-time through out our marriage raising family while he was active duty military. After he retired from the military, he landed a very lucrative job until he retired at age 64. I was only 57 at the time of our divorce. I became disabled at age 56 and currently receive 1,004 per month disability and a portion of ex's military pension.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 10:45

Can I Recieve Higher Benefits If I'm Disabled?

I did not get enough work credits for my own Social Security benefits, I do however draw Social Security survivor's benefits on my husband's work record called a widow's annuity.
Is it possible for me to draw disability benefits for myself?
I am 75 years old and not in good health.


Sorry, but no. Once you are past full retirement age, being disabled makes no difference in the amount your Social Security benefit, nor filing options.

Best, Jerry

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 12:30

How Can I Collect My Disabled Widows Benefit

I'm on disability and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) when i was awarded my disability i was told at age 50 I would be able to collect on my husbands social security since he is deceased and I'm disabled now since 2014 when i was awarded I have been denied twice now what can be done and also how can i maximize my disability and SSI payments? Sincerely, Robin Dease

Dear Robin,

Friday, June 17, 2016 - 05:30
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