Survivor Benefits

Am I Now Eligible To Receive Survivor Benefits?

Hello, my husband passed away earlier this year. My two kids are approved to receive survivor's benefits but I was declined due to my income. I am about to be laid off from my job. Am I now eligible to receive survivor's benefits as his surviving spouse? And if so, would this be in lieu of unemployment insurance from the government?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Who Gets To Draw Benefits As A Surviving Spouse?

My Husband has married 2 women and we are still married if he dies who gets to draw on his SSI ?

Hi,

Potentially, both of you. A widow can be eligible for benefits based on a marriage lasting at least 9 months, whereas a divorced spouse must have been married to their deceased ex-spouse for a minimum of 10 years in order to qualify for surviving divorced spousal benefits. There is no limit on how many surviving divorced spouses may qualify for benefits on the same record as a widow.

Am I Entitled To Back Pay?

My son receives SS benefits stemming from his mother's death in 2012. I, the father, has to update information with the SS office and the representative told me that I was entitled to father's survivor benefits since I am the sole caregiver if NY son who is also disabled (autism). This information was never given to me in 2012 when I filled out the application for my son's SS benefits.

Can You Help Me Understand My Options?

My husband passed away last year.. I collect benefits for our 2 children but its still hard to make ends meet.. I was told i could also collect benefits if i file for them even though its been a year.. Is this true? .... And I also was told that if i do recieve benefits only thing they will do is take the money i get now and just split it into 3 they wont add extra money for me.. Please help me understand.

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Right Or Wrong?

From my deceased ex-husband, I've received $1289 monthly for ~3 years from his regular SS benefit. I was 69 in June, still working part time, and plan to retire @ age 70 June 2018 as the MRD kicks-in. My SS benefit should be ~$3100. Assume his $1289 will cease, right, or wrong? Thanks.

Hi,

Right. You'll only be able to receive the higher of your own benefit rate or your survivor rate.

Best, Jerry

Can I Collect My Spouse's SSI If She Dies?

My partner (gaycouple) & I will be married this year. She will be 51yrs.old this year & collecting SSI Disability she doesn't have much time. I'm 38yrs.old can I collect her SSI & at what age? Can I still work?

Hi,

If your spouse is drawing SSI (Supplemental Security Income), then the answer is no. SSI is a needs based benefit with no auxiliary or survivor benefits involved.

Am I Entitled To My Husband's Social Security Benefits?

my husband just died three weeks ago at age 60, i am 40 am i entitled to his social security benefits

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Except possibly for a one time payment of $255, you wouldn't be eligible for anything from your husband's record for the time being unless you have eligible children in your care. The earliest that you can qualify for monthly widow's benefits is at age 60, or age 50 if you are disabled.

Best, Jerry

What Would Be My Wife's Best Strategy In The Event Of My Death?

I am 68, wife 53 and son 9. I did file and suspend and wife and son receiving payments. I will take full benefits at age 70. Wife does not have significant SS contribution. She has not been working for last 15 years. I have a cancer that statistically will give me about 5 more years. My question is what is my wife's best strategy upon my death when she will be about 58-60 and my son 14 or so?

Hi,

I'm sorry to hear about your prognosis.

Would I Qualify For Benefits?

larry. My husband and I were married a short time until he had a stroke. Because he was a very wealthy man a group of attorneys with the help of a small town Judge divorced us> My husband died in May of this year; would I qualify for any benefits??

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

If your divorce was final before your husband's death and unless you were married for at least 10 years, then it doesn't sound like you could be eligible for any survivor benefits on his record.

Best, Jerry