Widow's Benefits

Is What I Was Told True?

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Larry,
My husband passed away in February 2017. He was 65 and had collected one SS payment. I just turned 62 in August. I was recently told that as a widow, I could move to a different "level" than what I would normally get if I retired at 62 being married. Is that true? My retirement SS is higher than what my husband's.

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Is It Correct That I Couldn't Receive Benefits On My First Husband's Record After My Second Husband's Death?

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my first husband died in 1998 I got his social security because I were on s s disability I remarried at 61 I still got my first husband widower benefit, My second husband had a hearth attack he pass in 2011 I was told I could not continue to receive my first husband benefit is that correct?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Will My Domestic Partnership Affect My Ability To Receive Widow's Benefits?

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Hi Larry I have a question I. 61 and i work part time I was planning to take my widows benifits next June when I'm 62 it'll be 1700 a month I also am dating someone who put me on his medical threw his work . But we had to fill out demestic partner ship papers will this affect my widows benifits thank you cindee

Hi Cindee,

Will I Be Eligible To Collect Widow's Benefits When I Turn Age 60?

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My husband was on Social Security Disability from 2002 until he died in December 2016, just shy of his 62nd birthday. I was 53 at the time of his death and I am now 54 years old. I have no dependent children under the age of 18. Will I be eligible to collect Widow/Survivors Benefits when I turn 60? I have always worked and I believe that my earnings will be higher than his when I reach retirement age.

Is It True That A Widow's FRA Is Different Than A Regular FRA?

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Hi Larry,

My father (58) passed recently and I am looking to maximize social security for my mother (65). She is currently collecting Social Security disability which is roughly 40% the amount my father's FRA amount would be. My plan was to wait until her listed FRA (66) to collect my father's FRA amount. However, I recently came across a couple websites saying that the Widow FRA is not the same as their regular FRA and that it is two years earlier. Can you confirm or deny this is true?

Do My Earnings Disqualify Me From Immediately Collecting Survivor Benefits?

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my late husband and I were married for 40 years. He just died at age 64. I am 62. He was still working, not collecting any Social Security benefits. I currently earn about $45,000 per anum. Because his care prior to his passing has cleaned us out, I cannot hope to keep our newly purchased (last 3 years, no real equity) on my salary alone. Do my earnings disqualify me from collecting any immediate survivor benefits?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Can My Mother Get Both Her Own Benefits And Widow's Benefits?

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My father (71, started collecting SS at 62) is about to pass (cancer) and my mom (married to my dad 49 years) retired at 66 yrs old (in 2015). They have been collecting both SS checks and my mom's is larger than my dad's. Will she be able to keep both checks going forward or is she only able to keep hers?

Hi,

I'm sorry to hear about your father's prognosis.