Widow's Benefits

Is It True That My Friend Doesn't Need To File For Widow's Benefits Now?

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Trying to help friend with limited English. Not sure if social security provided her correct info.
Her husband passed away at age 58 and never collected
She turned 60 in may 2019 and is working
And intends to keep working to FRA. She earns more than the $17 500 earning threshold.
Social Security has told her she does not need to file for widowers benefits, that she can do so at FRA and will automatically receive 100% of his benefit.
Is it true she does not need to file now?

Am I Eligible For Any Of My Husband's Benefits Now At Age 58?

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My husband passed away in 2009 at age 54. We had been married 15 years. I applied for, and received SS disability benefits for him and our 2 children before he passed away. After he passed my 2 children got benefits only. I asked about Payments for me and was told I was not eligible. I inquired a few years later and was told that I was eligible, but that they would only go back 6 months and not the entire time I should have been eligible. I am now 58 and our youngest child just aged out this year. Am I eligible for any of my husbands benefits?

Hi,

Why Is My Sister Being Told That She Earns Too Much To Be Able To Collect Survivor Benefits?

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Greetings, Larry,
I am making an inquiry for my sister who recently lost her husband.
He was an extremely hard worker and very conscientious about leaving his survivors well off after his passing.
Unfortunately, his wife/widow has now been informed that she makes too much money at her job and cannot
collect survivors benefits. I have never heard of such a travesty! She cannot retire for about another year but, she deserves what her husband worked so hard for to make sure she was well taken care of.

Can My Wife Draw My Benefits If I Die?

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I'm 75 getting married. New bride is 52. If i pass on , can my wife draw my benefits? Thanks

Hi,

Your wife wouldn't be able to draw your actual benefits if you die. However, she could potentially qualify for survivor (i.e. widow's) benefits based on your Social Security record. In order to qualify for widow's benefits, though, your wife would need to be at least age 60, or at least age 50 and be disabled (https://www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors/ifyou.html#h2).

Best, Jerry

Will I Lose My Widow's Benefits If I Remarry?

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I know you have covered this before, I am 73 years young and collecting SS from my first spouse marriage he is deceased and I am planning to remarry soon, will I lose my widow's retirement SS when I remarry? or should I just have a spiritual wedding?

Hi,

No need to worry. Marriages that occur after you reach age 60 have no effect on either your eligibility for widow's or surviving divorced spousal benefits nor your benefit rate. So, since you're already over age 60 you won't lose your widow's benefit if you remarry.

Best, Jerry

Will My Widow's Benefit Rate Be Based On What My Husband Earned, Or What He Could Have Earned?

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Hello, my husband was on S.S. disability for around a year when he passed away at age 33. my kids and I got survivors benefits for several years and now I am nearing age 60 and have not remarried. I have been told that I can claim widow benefits also,and if so will it be based on what he could have made or on what he previously made. I still plan on working as long as I am able.

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.