Widow's Benefits

Shouldn't Social Security Pay Me My Deceased Husband's Benefit?

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My husband died 2000. I started receiving my Social Security for disability on 2001. But never got a penny from my husband's social security. Now I am 68 and still questioning why SSA kept my husband check. One lady told me they keep it because mine was higher. We were married 17 years and not a penny I received from his. It's not fair.

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Can Social Security Prevent Me From Drawing Widow's Benefits?

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Hello,
2009 my husband died. At that time, he had more credits with SSA then I had with SSA. 2019, I called SSA and asked them if I could start my widow benefits when I turned 60 on 11/01/2020 and still keep my job.

They said no to the job and no to obtaining widow benefits when I turned 60 because I now had more credits than my husband. They also said that I would never be able to draw on his SS benefits.

I'm face with retiring at 62 since I have medical issues but not enough to obtain SSI benefits.

Can SSA do this?

Thanks,
-Rhonda

Will Social Security Raise My Own Benefit Because Of My Earnings?

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Dear Larry,

First of all thank you for the prompt response from your team to my question in July. Due to your response, SSA changed the wording on the letter that they sent me regarding widow's benefits. The first letter said that I was only due money for widow's benefits dating back to May 2019. After I informed them about the information I received from you, they changed the letter to state that I was due money dating back to January 2019!

Once My Father Passes Away Will My Mother Continue Receiving His Benefits?

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hi. I'm writing this on behalf of my mother. My mother who is 60 years old lives with my 65 year old disabled father. My disabled father has been collecting SSDI for over 10 years and he is now at the last stages of his life. My question is, once my father passes away, will my mother qualify for continuing receiving his disability benefits for as long as she is still working? and what will happen to this benefits if she does retire when she reaches the age of 67?

Hi,

I'm sorry to hear about your father's health problems.

More Of The Story

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Hello,

I want to thank you publicly for all of your help, I was the person who contacted you a couple of weeks ago about my husband's social security check. and widow's benefit. The SS rep I had spoken to had mistakenly told me that I would only get what my husband would have made at full retirement age, not including the delayed retired credit amount. I spoke with this same rep yesterday and cited section 407.1 (you pointed that out) and he called me back this morning and stated I indeed am entitled to the full amount my husband was receiving at death, at age 70.

When I Die At What Age Can My Wife Start Collecting From My Record?

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Hi Larry,

I am 56 years old and my wife of five years is 30. I am in excellent health and will likely live well into my 80's. My wife works and is making around $60k per year and obviously putting into the SS system. When I die at what age can my wife start to collect spousal benefits from Social Security? My salary is around 90K per year and has been for the last 10 years and should be for the next five until I retire.

Hi,

How Many Months Can I Claim Widow's Benefits Retroactively?

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My DOB is May 1952 and my deceased husband's DOB was April 1951. I used the Maximize My Social Security software, which showed that with one exception it would be best for me to take my social security benefit at my FRA (66) and for him to start taking his spousal benefit, while letting his benefit grow to age 70, because his was greater. (The one exception would be if my husband should die within the first year, which as it turned out is what happened.) We applied for these benefits in November 2018 and received 6 months retroactive payment to the month that I turned 66.