Widow's Benefits

Can A Woman Collect Reduced Retirement Benefits And Still Get A Full Widow's Benefit Later?

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if a woman is collecting early (therefore, reduced) social security payments and her spouse later dies, can she get 100% survivor benefits from her deceased spouse who collected at full retirement age?

Hi,

Yes, provided that the woman is at least full retirement age when she starts drawing the survivor benefits. What she would actually receive in that event is her own reduced rate, plus the difference between that amount and her deceased spouse's full rate. The total amount payable would add up to her deceased husband's full rate.

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

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Question regarding Spousal and Survivor’s benefits.

If my spouse obtains her spousal benefit before her FRA then her spousal benefit will be reduced from otherwise. Understood!

Now should I pass AFTER she is older than her FRA will her Survivor’s benefit be reduced as well? Or because she is then beyond her FRA will she then obtain her full benefit?

Thank you for your assistance.

Hi,

Can My Deceased Father's Common Law Wife Claim His Benefits?

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Can my deceased father's common law wife claim his social security benefits? She is a Canadian citizen.

Hi,

I can't answer that question without much more information. Canadian citizens can be eligible for widow's benefits from Social Security, but they must meet all of the requirements for entitlement (https://www.ssa.gov/OP_Home/handbook/handbook.04/handbook-0401.html).

Can I Receive Widow's Benefits Now?

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My husband passed away in May at the age of 69 and had been receiving social security. Do I receive any social security benefits? I am 49, and working full time. If I don't receive any right now, do I receive any later on if I am not married and still working? If so, at what age should I apply? 6-? It sooks like I can collect his until I retire and then I lose his, but collect mine. I am not sure if this is the case due to our ages. Thank you in advance.

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Does A Person Need To Be Drawing Benefits In Order For Their Spouse To Receive Survivor Benefits Upon Their Death?

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I am asking these questions for friends. The primary wage earner was born in Oct 1953, the wife April 1953 making her 64 and him 63 and 9 months. He is dying. He probably will not make to his next birthday. He probably won't make it to August 2017. He is NOT currently collecting social security benefits, but he is at the maximum available to collect if he was 66, according to his SS account. My questions are
1. Does he need to be collecting SS for her to receive survivor benefits?