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Widow's Benefits

How Much Will I Be Able To Draw As A Widow?

I am a widow. My husband birthdate is 8/3/55 and he passed away on 9/13/18. I will be 60 in December (2020). I am planning to retire at my full retirement age of 67. I understand I can draw my husbanded retirement at that time instead of mine. He made more than me over the years. Will I be able to draw the amount that he would have been FRA or be able to draw what he would have drawn at the age of 70. (he would have been 70 when I get to FRA).

Thanks in advance.


I'm sorry for your loss.

Sunday, August 9, 2020 - 09:56

How Much Will My Widow's Benefit Be If I File At Age 60?

Hi, I’m a 59 year old widow who’s husband filed for social security disability at 62 due to cancer and was approved . He passed away Ali I’ll ever a year after diagnosis. I was told that I can apply at 60 to start collecting his social security ? I know it will only be a certain percentage if so and will it be the disability amount ? I am only working a couple of days a week and my my benefit at retirement age is nothing close to his. Can I still work and collect his benefit?


I'm sorry for your loss.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 09:44

How Can I Find Out If I Can Get Benefits From My Husband's Social Security?

Im 65. Im married but have not seen or heard from husband in 10 years. How can I find out if I can recieve any Soc. Sec. benefit if deceased?


You'll need to contact Social Security. Only Social Security has access to all of the records needed to determine what, if any, Social Security benefits that you may qualify for. Social Security receives death information from funeral homes and state databases, so they generally know whether or not a person is still living.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020 - 12:23

Is It True That My Friend Can't Receive Any Of Her Deceased Husband's Benefits?

I am asking for my friend, Robin. She lived in NV when her husband passed away, a year ago. She now resides in Kansas. She is 64y/o and was told she could NOT receive any of her husband’s benefits until she was 66y/o. Is that true and if so Why?
Thank You,

Hi Melanie,

Saturday, August 1, 2020 - 09:20

If I Die Before Age 70, Can My Wife Get A Higher Widow's Rate If She Waits To Claim Widow's Benefits Until I Would Have Been 70?

My wife is 69 and already collecting SS. I turn 66 this October and plan on delaying SS until 70. If I die before I turn 70, can my wife wait until my 70th birthday to start collecting spousal benefits for maximum payout or do they stop accruing if I die before 70?


Monday, July 27, 2020 - 11:07
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