Widow's Benefits

Is There Any Way That My Recuced Widow's Benefit Rate Could Be Increased To The Full Rate?

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Is there any way that the reduced amount of what I receive from my husbands social security as his widow, ever be increased to 100 percent of what he was receiving when he died, at any time. I started receiving it at 60 and am now 71.. I worked for many many years myself.

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How Would My Wife's Widow's Benefits Be Calculated If I Die Before She Reaches FRA?

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I'm currently receiving full social security retirement benefits. My wife turns 63 next month, and we are considering filing for early spousal benefits at age 63 and 2 months. I understand how the reduction in spousal benefits works for taking early benefits, and know how to calculate the reduction. It's my understanding that if I die during the three years before she reaches full retirement age, her widow's benefit will be permanently reduced, but if I die after she reaches FRA she will receive 100% of my benefit.

How Much Would My Wife Get If I Die After Starting My Retirement Benefits At Age 70?

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My wife is turning 64 later this month and I will be 66 in June. We have been advised for her to file now and for me to file restricted and then collect my larger benefit at age 70. It is my understanding that if I pass after age 70, my wife would receive that larger amount as the survivor benefit. However, the SSA office told me that is not the case, she would only be entitled to my FRA age 66 benefit. Is that correct? If so, should my strategy be different?

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Can I Get My Deceased Husband's Benefits When He Would Have Been Age 62?

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Can I get my deceased husbands benefits when he would have been 62

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When you could qualify for widow's benefits depends on your age, not your husband's. Widow's benefits can be paid at a reduced rate as early as age 60, or age 50 for disabled widow's. For full list of the requirements for widow's benefits, refer to Social Security's handbook: https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.04/handbook-0401.html.

Can I Collect Any Part Of My Husband's Social Security?

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I worked for NYC civil service for 12 years and receive a small pension from them. My husband died in 2014. Can I collect any part of his social security. I am crippled and have a bad case of diverticulitis and I could use anything that I can get from my husband's social security. He worked for 30 years prior to getting injured and disabled, so hE SHOULD HAVE A BIG ACCOUNT.

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

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.

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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.