Widow's Benefits

If I Wait Until Age 70 To File For My Benefits And I Die First, What Rate Will My Wife Receive?

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if my wife starts collecting her personal social security amount at age 66(FRA) and i collect half of her monthly amount and delay taking my personal social security amount until i reach age 70 and then switch , if i die first, does my wife then get my larger age 70 monthly amount (,which is more than her monthly amount) or does it revert back to my age 66 amount?

Hi,

Can I Claim Widow's Benefits Retroactively?

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I was told by my CPA/ Advisor that I could request my widows pension retroactive back to Jan 2017, I turned
60 back in Dec 2016. but did not get a chance to report until March of 2017. So is there a way to get payment for months of Jan and Feb. this info was given to me from the the social security 's program manuel. Please let me know what else I need to do. I went to the social security office, but the gentleman did not seem to know if that was correct.

Hi,

How Much Should I Be Getting?

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I am a widow age 87 Am I supposed to collect 100% of my husbands social security?
His gross in the year he died is $2000.00 more that mine is . How can this be corrected I can not figure out how they arrived at this figure

Hi,

The surviving member of a couple generally gets the higher of their 2 benefit rates, however, the rate could vary somewhat if either the deceased or the surviving spouse started drawing benefits before full retirement age.

When Can I Get Widow's Benefits?

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Im 48 and I lost my late hubby 5 yrs ago ..I get his retirement but when and what age can I get widower benefits

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Social Security widow(er)'s benefits can be paid as early as age 60, or age 50 if the widow(er) is disabled. However, to get full widow(er)'s benefits you would need to wait until your full retirement age, which is 67 in your case.

Best, Jerry

How Can I Figure Out What My Widow's Benefit Would Be?

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If I know how much Social Security Disability my spouse was receiving when he died, how would I figure out what my widow's benefit would be?
His disability checks were $920 per month.
He died in September 2015 at the age of 53.
We were married for over ten years when he died.
I am currently 53.
How would I figure out what my widow's benefit would be at age 60? (the earliest I could claim)

Can I Apply For Survivor Benefits At Age 60?

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I have read through a lot of the social security rules and statues but my situation is still unclear according to what I've read. I need your help. I became a widow at age 39 in 1998. My husband was 49 when he passed with terminal cancer and had been receiving social security. He qualified for a medical retirement with his job of 25 years and we received his full pension 7 months before his passing. The social security continued for our children until they dropped off at age 18.

When Could My Wife Get My Benefit If I Die?

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I am 61. My wife is 69
If I die before full retirement age can she get my benefit immediately or have to wait until I would have been 66.5?

Hi,

Your wife could potentially qualify for widow's benefits effective with the month of your death. When and if you file for your benefits can have an effect on her widow's rate, however, so you may want to use the maximization software available on this website to determine your best overall filing strategy.

Best, Jerry

Is It True That I Won't Get Full Widow's Benefits If I File For Reduced Retirement Benefits First?

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I was a young widow (44) with young children (10 and 7) whose father died at a young age (46). In your book and articles you've described claiming widow's benefits first and waiting to take your retirement benefits allowing them to grow until they maximize at age 70. It can also be done the other way around. The widow can take her own retirement Insurance benefits (RIB) first and then at Full Retirement Age (FRA is 66 for me) switch to her widow's benefits.