Widow's Benefits

How Much Will I Receive If My Husband Dies Before Me?

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My husband was born in 1952, he became disabled and began collecting SSDI in 2011 in the amount of $2000.00 a month. He turned 65 in April of 2017 and also began collecting his pension. I turned 60 this year (born in November of 1956) and have been working since I was 16. I do not reach full retirement age until I turn 66 and 4 mths. and my full benefits would be comparable to his. However, I would like to retire at 62 but I will need the full amount of one of our retirements if he passes away before me. Is that possible in any scenario?

Am I Able To Collect Benefits Based On My Deceased Husband's Record?

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I am a 62 year old widow. I have been receiving a death benefit from the State of Florida Retirement System since my husbands death in February of 2000. I was 45 years old when I began receiving this benefit and he was 46 when he passed. I am now having difficulty finding adequate work and have been looking at Social Security benefits. I basically have two questions - (1) Will I be able to collect Social Security benefits now also through my husbands business? He would have been 63 years old. (2) Will yes, will it reduce my current death benefit that I am now receiving?

Will My Wife's Widow's Benefits Be Reduced If She Takes Reduced Spousal Benefits?

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A little over a yr ago i started my ss benefit at age 70. My wife will not have any ss benefit based on her work record. We were planning on her taking a reduced spousal benefit at 62; with the understanding that she could still receive 100 % of my 70 yr old benefit , if i was still alive when she reached her full retirement age.

Can I File For Widow's Benefits At Age 60, Or Should I Wait?

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I will be 60 next month. My husband past away last July 2016. I make approx. $25,000 a year. Can I still file for widows benefits or should I wait.

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

You could file for widow's benefits at age 60, but at least some of your benefits would be withheld due to your earnings (https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/whileworking2.html).

Can I Still Work And Receive Widow's Benefits At Age 60?

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When my husband died I was told that I could draw off him when I turn 60. Question is can I do that and still work without penalties?

Hi,

Not necessarily. The Social Security earnings test applies to widow's benefits payable prior to full retirement age (FRA). Basically, you would lose $1 of benefits for each $2 that you earn in excess of $16,920 this year (https://www.ssa.gov/planners/retire/whileworking2.html).

What Can I Do?

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I was married to my husband for 3 months before he died. I was 59 and he was 73. He was a retired railroad worker and because we were married 9 months I am not eligible for any of his pension nor am I eligible for social security. what can I do?

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Should I File As A Disabled Widow Or As A Mother With Children In Care?

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Hi,
I am wondering, I am a disabled surviving widow of a deceased worker (he became disabled due to cancer). I was married to him 13 years. We have 2 children, both with intellectual disabilities whom are disabled adult children and collecting DAC benefits. Is it in my best interest to file for widowers benefit at age 50 ( I am 48 now) or to file now based on my caring for the disabled adult children of my deceased ex-husband? Carol

Hi,