Non-Covered Pension - WEP / GPO

Can I Forfeit My State Pension And Collect My Husband's Social Security?

I have paid both into Social Security and for 15 years into the Mass retirement system. I understand that I will only receive a portion of the SS. Now, my husband is collecting his SS at age 66. If he were to pass away, I realize that I'm not entitled to his SS benefits at all, if I'm not mistaken. My question is - can I forfeit my pension (which is small) and collect his SS which is more generous? I find this whole system maddening. Thanks for any help you can give me.


Does The Agreement Between The U.S. and U.K. Have Any Effect On My Situation?

My questions is about WEP. I am 69 and will be retiring in August this year. I am a UK national and worked there for 20+ years and started receiving the National Insurance (equivalent to Social Security) and USS pension (Universities superannuation System) at age 60. Together these are about $1,280 a month (depending on exchange rate). I have worked in the US for 14 years and paid into SS (I got married January 2017). I was told in the SS office that my SS monthly benefit would have been about $1,080 a month but because of WEP it is about $566 a month.

Why Can't I Draw Widow's Benefits?

I became a widow at the age of 51. I was born in 1950. I retired from a parish office in 2011 and collect my retirement check. I went to social security to collect my widows benefit and was denied because of the amount of my retirement check. I do not understand what my retirement check has to do with me trying to collect my deceased husbands social security. We were married 17 years and 11 months when he died. I have a phone appointment scheduled for April 9 2018 because I’m now handicapped and can’t go into the office. Please advise!