Widow's Benefits

Is There A Way To Appeal A Decision For Widow's Benefits?

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Is there a way to appeal a decision for widows benefits? My husband and I were together for 10 years but only married 5 days before he passed.?

Hi,

Yes. First you need to file an application for widow's benefits, and then if your claim is disallowed you would have 60 days in which to file an appeal (https://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10041.pdf).

If My Husband Starts Drawing His Benefits At Age 70 And Dies When I'm FRA, Will I Get The Amount He Was Drawing Or His FRA Rate?

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My husband was born April, 1953. I was born Oct, 1957.
He is allowed to draw a spousal benefit on me if I start my benefits this month when I am 62.
He starts collecting at age 70 on his benefit. He dies at age 73. I will be FRA by then.
Will my survivor benefit be the amount he was drawing at his death? The social security office told me I will only get his FRA, I will not be able to take advantage of his delayed retirement credits.

Hi,

Should I File For Widow's Benefits At Age 60?

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Hi Larry,
I'm 56 years old and working full time. My husband recently passed away. Should I apply to receive widow's benefits at age 60 or should I wait until xx years? I'm not hurting for money but don't know the pros/cons of applying for his benefits. Are their earnings limits if I do apply for widow's benefits?
thank you
candy

Hi Candy,

I'm sorry for your loss.

How Would My Wife's Benefits Be Calculated If I Die Before Age 70 And Before I Claim Benefits?

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If a husband whom is currently at FRA decides to wait until 70 to claim his own benefit and has a wife whom is 10 years younger (not at her FRA or age 60), dies before claiming (lets say 69, a year before 70) would the wife get the benefit amount of what the husband would had received at age 69 (assuming she waits until her FRA) or would he be a lower amount? I wasn't sure if the Delayed Retirement Credits are diminished. Thank you Larry for what you do for the investment planning community.

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Will I Be Able To Get My Deceased Husband's Social Security Benefits When I Reach Age 60?

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i will turn 60 in january of 2022 i became a widow in 2008 i was told i couldn't get my husband social security because i work, and i made more then 13,000.00 a year so i wasn't entitled. when i turn 60 years old will i be able to get his social security benefits and still work i heard i should get 75% of his monthly amount which comes out to be around 800.00 a month. my yearly income now is about 32,000.00 year. thank you Cheryl

Hi Cheryl,

I'm sorry for your loss.

Can I Collect Spousal Benefits Now Or Am I Earning Too Much?

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MY husband died in December 2009. He was 49. He had collected Social Security disability for a few years when he died. I am 62, will be 63 in January and work full time. I need to know if I can collect spousal benefits and continue to work or if I earn too much to benefit. My current salary is around 70,000 annually at present

Hi,

I'm sorry for your loss.