Widow's Benefits

What Would I Receive In The Event Of My Husband's Death?

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I started receiving my social security benefits at full retirement age of 66. (Born in 1949). When my husband turned 66 (Born later in 1949) I applied for spousal benefits and my benefit increased to 1/2 of his benefit. If my husband dies (God forbid) what benefit would I receive? I think I would get his full benefit, but what happens to my benefit? My benefit is 1364 and his is 2754.

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Can I Receive Widow's Benefits Now And Then Collect My Full Retirement Benefits At Age 66?

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Hello Larry,
I will be 62 in April 2018. My question pertains to my collecting widow benefits now (my husband passed in 2002 at age 58). I am still working and plan to continue until my full retirement age of 66, maybe 70 if I am able. Can I receive widow benefits and then collect my FULL retirement under my record when I reach 66. I think I read the rules that way. Thank you for your help!

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Am I Entitled To My Deceased Husband's Payments And Widow's Benefits?

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I am receiving my husbands social security disability check am I entitled to widows benefits too? He passed away in 2013.

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

You would not be entitled to continue receiving your husband's payments after his death, so I assume that what you are receiving is your husband's benefit rate in the form of a survivor benefit. In other words, it sounds as though you are already receiving widow's benefits. If you are unsure of this, you may want to check with Social Security for clarification.

Best, Jerry

Is It True That I Can't Draw Widow's Benefits If I Continue Working?

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I have inquired with my local Social Security Office concerning receiving Widow Benefits at age 60. My husband died at age 54 nine years ago. I was 51 at the time and will be 60 within the next two weeks. I gave the representative at the Social Security Office the information requested ,which was my husband's social security number and mine as well. She asked if I was still working and my annual gross salary which is 62,000. She informed me I made too much to draw any of the social security widow benefits under my husband.

Does GPO Apply To Me?

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My husband, age 65, passed away earlier this month. He retired in 2012 after many years of service as a federal employee. He drew a monthly pension from his federal employment. He also began collecting Social Security around age 62. He had paid in his 40 quarters prior to becoming a federal employee. Due to GPO, the Social Security benefit he collected was greatly reduced, (his check was around $345, I believe.) I am 62. I have also paid in my 40 quarters, but have not filed for Social Security.

Can You Give Me Any Advice?

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My husband passed away a month ago. I have gone to Social Security twice to apply for survivors benefits. The first time I was told my daughter will get a check every month but if I go back to work and make more then $17000 I will get penalized $1 for every $2 I earn over. The woman at Social Security said maybe see if I can lower my hours to stay below the limit. I decided that I'd go back to work and just take the penalty. So, the next week I went back to Social Security to tell them that I was going to return to work and would be earning $32000.

Should The Fact That I Started A Business Have An Effect On What I Can Receive From My Husband's Record?

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I'm 75 and my husband recently passed away. I'd been drawing off of him for years. I thought when he died I would get what he was getting in benefits and my benefits would go away. I recently started a small business, its had no income, nothings been reported on my tax return. The SS office has told me that because I started a business I will not get the amount of his benefits. Is this true?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.