Survivor Benefits

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

Can I Wait Until Age 70 To Switch From Survivor Benefits To Retirement Benefits?

I am a widow currently receiving child in care Social Security payments. I am planning to sign up for my widow's benefits at my full retirement age of 67 (but why sign up for my husband's benefits if I am already receiving them because I care for our daughter?). Then I could switch to my own benefits, which will be maximized and more than my widow's benefits, at age 70. Can I do this or am I considered SSDI so I will be automatically switched to my own retirement at age 67?

Is It True That You Can't Get Survivor Benefits If You're Receiving More On Your Own Record?

Hello,

My mother recently passed away at age 62 she had just started receiving social security benefits this year. My father who is 65 has been receiving benefits for quite some time now and since he worked longer was receiving higher benefits than my mom. My dad was recently told about survivor benefits and applied but was told since he received more than my mom he did not qualify except for the lump sum of $255. Is this usually the case? and what happens to the benefits my mom did not get to receive?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.