Widow's Benefits

Do You Have Any Suggestions?

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i feel it is terribly unfair - That when my husband died of a sudden massive MI at age 64 - I was 62. He did not smoke or drink - He was such a good man - Lots of stress- however.
We both have worked all these years and had such plans - I am still getting calls from places where he wanted us to retire at and travel.

I still have the same bills and all I got from his social security is 250.00???

When Should I Apply For Survivor Benefits?

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When should I apply for SS survivor benefits after my husband passes? Immediately or wait til the whole estate is settled? He passed at age 66. Before he started receiving his SS benefits he was on disability. When he turned 65 SS changed his status from disabled to straight SS. He continued to receive the same amount. I too am receiving SS. I will be 65 in May. I started receiving my benefits at age 62.

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Would I Be Entitled To Any Veteran's Or Social Security Benefits From My Husband's Record?

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I currently receive Social Security Disability, since 2012. I was married to a disabled VET who passed away in 1986 I have never remarried. Would I be entitled to any of his vet benefits or Social Security benefits? I had never included his information when I applied for SSDI, it never occurred to me that I could or should.

Hi,

My only area of expertise is Social Security, so I can't tell you whether or not you would qualify for veteran's benefits. You'll probably need to check with the Veteran's Administration.

How Much Would My Wife Get If She Starts Drawing Widow's Benefits At Age 63?

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I was born in Nov 1952. My wife was born in May 1960.
I plan to claim social sec benefits at the age of 70 based on my earnings and expect to collect about $40,000 per year. If I die at the age of 71, my wife will be 63 years old at the time of my death. My wife income is much less. In this scenario, what will be my wife's survival benefits if she claims at her age of 63?

Hi,

Is What The Social Security Representative Told Me Correct?

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I am a widow, age almost 62. My retirement benefits will be smaller than my late husband’s. I thought that if I take my retirement benefits before my full retirement age (a reduced amount), and then apply for survivors benefits when I reach 66, that I would then receive my late husband’s full retirement amount.
But an SS representative told me that there is a new rule. Now, if I start taking my retirement benefits early and then apply for survivors benefits when I turn 66, I will NOT receive my late husband’s full amount. Instead, it will be calculated like this:

Would Filing For Reduced Widow's Benefits Now Affect My Own Social Security When I Reach Age 68?

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Greetings! Thank you for this type of venue. I have helped many people in my life and glad to see you are there for some of us. I will be 62 on Apr 11, 2018. I am a widow for 17 years. I recently was laid off and am on severance for 5 months. I believe I am eligible for SS widow's benefits (even with severance) and unemployment. The question is: Will this affect my own ss when I reach 68? Can I enroll for it now to help me? and, what is the min salary I can make without interrupting my late husbands SS benefits? Thanks and God Bless. I really need some good advice. Deb

Will I Qualify For My Husband's Full Retirement Benefits When He Dies?

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I'm 62 and began receiving early retirement benefits last year. My fiance is 68 and receives his full retirement benefit. Once we are married, will I qualify for his full retirement benefits when he dies (assuming he passes after I reach full retirement age)?

Hi,

Yes, although you do need to have been married for at least 9 months in order to qualify for widow's benefits in most cases. You wouldn't get both your own and your husband's benefit rates, though, just the higher of the two.