Widow's Benefits

What Was The Minimum Age Requirement For Someone Born In 1929 To Be Eligible For Widow's Benefits?

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Larry: My mother was born in 1929. What was the minimum age requirement for her to draw Social Security benefits as a widow? What was the minimum age if she would not have been a widow?
Lastly what was the full retirement age for people born before 1930?

Thank you,

Sandra

Hi Sandra,

Would My Sister's Widow's Benefit Rate Be Reduced Because She Received Reduced Spousal Benefits?

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This is not for me but for my sis. My husband and I are planning to take benefits at 70. My sis worked but her SS calculated benefit at age 62 was not as great as filing under her spouses work record. So when he reached full retirement age she began collecting on his record. She collects less than half of her spouses current $1600. I dont have the amount. If he passes will her benefit be increased to his current full $1600 / month benefit or will it continue to be reduced because she began collecting under his benefit early at age 62?

Can I Do Anything?

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My husband passed before he collected short of 3months I was given the wrong information that I should collect at 60 instead of 62. Because it was going to be a difference of 200.00 if I waited till I was 62 I would have received 600.00 more can I do anything?

Hi,

Can My Mother Switch From Her Own Record To A Widow's Benefit?

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My father died right after retirement from GM and my mother got his retirement benefit and then took a lump sum buyout. My father made significantly more money working than my mother. She is now collecting social security and wants to know if she can switch to the benefit amount my father would have collected if he were alive which should be higher than hers?

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Will I Be Eligible For Widow's Benefits?

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My husband died in 1994 he was 49.

I was deemed Disabled around 2010 at age 50.

SS checked to see whose SS out pay would be worth more - his or mine - turned out mine was.

So I have collected disibility for the last 6 or 7 years based on my own work record.

I will turn 60 in Aug. 2017 - my question is "Will I be eligible for widows benefits from SS for my husbands work record and if so how will it be calculated?"

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Can My Neighbor Receive Both Her Own Benefits And Her Deceased Husband's Benefits?

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My neighbor [in her early 70's] who is collecting her own social security wonders if
she can receive her recently deceased husband's benefits as well. They were married
16 years and he died @ age 75, just a few days ago. She is frightened as she has to
evacuate the house within 6 months, and needs to know how much income she can
count on. Please advise and Thank You, for your help.

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Will I Lose My Widow's Benefits When I Turn 65?

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My husband passed in 2002 I started drawing widows pension at age 60 I work during our marriage it only part time and the last 11 years of his life I was a 24/7 caregiver will I lose my widows pension when I turn 65

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

No, you can continue to receive your widow's benefits for as long as you live. However, if you're insured for Social Security benefits on your own record and you file for those benefits, you will only receive the higher of your retirement benefit rate or your widow's rate, not both.

Is There A Way To Check To See If I'm Getting The Right Amount?

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My husband died in 2001. His income for last 20 yrs averaged $225,000.plus a year. The 15 yrs. prior were good earning years but not as much. He received SS for a year before his death. Social security said they didn't have record of 3 of his earning years. Could this have an effect on his SS check? If so, then my check (I get his SS) could be effected also. I receive much less than most of the people I know. Is there a way to check if he received the correct amount? Thank you for any help you are able to offer.
Marilyn

Hi Marilyn,

Should My Wife File On Her Own Record At Age 62 If She Will Later Become Eligible As A Widow?

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I will begin taking social security when I turn 70 this November. My wife is 10 years younger than me and I expect her to outlive me by at least 25 years. Should she file for her own benefits when she turns 62, since she will file for survivor benefits when I die? Her SSA calculated max benefit at age 66.5 is $1222. My benefit is projected to be $3262.

I have told her if I die before she turns 66.5, live off savings (they are adequate) until she turns full retirement age then file for survivor benefits. Is this good advice?

Thank you.

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