Widow's Benefits

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.

How Much Would My Wife Receive If I Died Now?

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Two questions.
1. I have been on Soc Sec disability since I was 53 and am currently 63. My wife started drawing her soc sec last year when she turned 63. She receives $580 a month on hers and $ 340 a month additional due to my Soc Sec which is about $2000. if I died now(God forbid) what would she receive? Also will it increase for her as I age I.E. will she receive more if I survive longer?

Is There Anything I Need To Do To Make Sure That I'll Receive My Late Husband's Full PIA?

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Hi Larry,

I would like so send you a big thank you, for all that you and your colleagues are doing to help us get what is ours.

I am concerned about my recent social security application and hoping you can tell me if I have any cause to be concerned or if there is anything I need to do to make sure I will receive my late husband's full PIA?

Can I Get Social Security Widow's Benefits?

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I'm 62 years old and work full time and make 30,000 a year my husband past away 5 years ago can I get widow benefits from social security
Thanks Sharon

Hi Sharon,

I'm sorry for your loss.

You may be able to receive some widow's benefits, but Social Security would withhold $1 of your benefits for each $2 that your earnings exceed $17,040 this year (https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/whileworking.html).