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Can I collect deceased husband's Social Security?

Started 1288995807.88 in Among Friends | Last reply 1289044363.753 by kelseygirl

Hi friends. My DH passed away two years ago at 47. I was just wondering if I can collect his social security when I reach 55 1/2 in 4 years. I am working and plan on working until I reach 65 - unless I win the lottery or something. Just wondering.

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wagirl1288996066.0874734 PostsRegistered 10/20/2004

My dad died in 1976 and my mom collected his social security until she re-married. But that was a very long time ago. Have you called your local SS office? That's what I would do. Good luck.

runnergirl­771288996106.873270 PostsRegistered 12/13/2007FL

Try this link.

http://www.ssa.gov/ww&os2.htm

You may have to copy and paste into new search.

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Spinach1288996173.633139 PostsRegistered 3/16/2007

Yes, I plan to on Monday. Just thought someone here might have an answer. Thanks!

haveasmile­yday1288996509.772379 PostsRegistered 1/27/2008anywhere with friends

for "widow's benifits".. you can start collecting at age 50. call soc. security for more information....
But as you know life is short and i decided to take it then.
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sherron



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runnergirl­771288996601.1270 PostsRegistered 12/13/2007FL

The website says age 50 if the widow is disabled. Also, if you work for pay your benefits may be less. I would call. Every situation is different.

nutmeg31288996672.2775154 PostsRegistered 6/18/2007NJ

This is a link to Social Security http://www.ssa.gov/ww&os2.htm

haveasmile­yday1288997043.12379 PostsRegistered 1/27/2008anywhere with friends

hmmmmmmmm i am not disabled ...and had no problems getting it.at age 50.
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sherron



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azqfan1288997275.073524 PostsRegistered 10/24/2004

Social Security survivors benefits can be paid to:

  • A widow or widower -- full benefits at full retirement age, or reduced benefits as early as age 60
  • A disabled widow or widower -- as early as age 50
  • A widow or widower at any age if he or she takes care of the deceased's child who is under age 16 or disabled, and receiving Social Security benefits
  • Unmarried children under 18, or up to age 19 if they are attending high school full time. Under certain circumstances, benefits can be paid to stepchildren, grandchildren, or adopted children.
  • Children at any age who were disabled before age 22 and remain disabled.
  • Dependent parents age 62 or older

yellowkitty1288997769.8331012 PostsRegistered 10/1/2006va

You can go on widow's pension at age 60. It is not full benefits. You get more if you wait and go on at age 62 and more on 65.

If you were married before for 10 years or more you can than later go on your 1st husband's SS if he made more.

haveasmile­yday1288997991.562379 PostsRegistered 1/27/2008anywhere with friends

oops had a senior moment...duh!! ....duh!!!! sorry...
i took it at age"60 "....
.. four days after he passed away..i turned 54.....and had to wait until i turned 60!!!I am now 70.
"sorry" for giving wrong information....
smiles
sherron



Let go!Let God!

GoodStuff1289015059.38315480 PostsRegistered 11/11/2008

So can a widow collect her deceased husband's full Social Security amount when she turns 62? I was under the impression she could collect only half of his full benefit. Does it matter at what age the husband dies? Does she collect the full amount even if he dies before he reaches full Social Security retirement age? Or more if he lives to be older than full retirement age? And if she has already started collecting her own S.S. at the time of her husband's death, can she then change to collecting the widow's benefit if it is more?

Just wondering........ The Social Security webpage makes it kinda hard to figure out all of the details and contingencies, at least for me...

gojo1289016634.3073314 PostsRegistered 4/25/2006

Just to add something - if you happen to work for the federal government under the civil service retirement plan, if you are of age to collect his social security you have to still be working - you can collect it as long as you "work" for your federal money. As soon as you retire you are not eligible for any of his social security benefits.

If I had worked anywhere else I would be able to collect his social security if god forbid something happened to him. Because I'm civil service I will not get anything.

imaclothes­hog1289041701.11722314 PostsRegistered 2/12/2006

I would call the SS office and talk to a human being or actually go in in person, you will get more answers to your specific situation. Of course there is the website but you can't really interact with the site and get specific answers to your specific questions.

I do know that if you have any minor children under the age of 18 your children can get a monthly check from your husband's SS, not sure how much it is however I had a relative that passed away unexpectedly in his early 50s and he had several children under 18 and they got a check monthly until they turned 18. He was divorced at the time so his wife of course received nothing but the children did get a check.

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lizzydarcy1289042897.8832800 PostsRegistered 9/22/2006New England

My Dad and Mom were divorced at the time of his death, for many years,I was 12 when she left him. When he died though, she got his Social Security, she was his second wife, but last wife, as he never re-married, and they were married for over twenty years? I can't remember what the law is , all I know is she is getting his checks. She is 14 years younger than he was, and their separation was longer than their marriage.. I would check with Social Security about your circumstances ,and what you are entitled to..Wink

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courtnab1289043266.3971617 PostsRegistered 5/15/2010Colorado Springs
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courtnab1289043279.251617 PostsRegistered 5/15/2010Colorado Springs
You will not get his benefit and your benefit, you'll get the larger of the two, which is likely to be your's since you've been working this entire time. Last edited on 11/6/2010

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courtnab1289043608.481617 PostsRegistered 5/15/2010Colorado Springs
On 11/5/2010 gojo said:

Just to add something - if you happen to work for the federal government under the civil service retirement plan, if you are of age to collect his social security you have to still be working - you can collect it as long as you "work" for your federal money. As soon as you retire you are not eligible for any of his social security benefits.

If I had worked anywhere else I would be able to collect his social security if god forbid something happened to him. Because I'm civil service I will not get anything.

Gojo, just out of curiosity, have you/were you continuously employed by the federal gov't since prior to 1984? If so, that is why you wouldn't get this benfits, because you aren't covered by OASDI then.

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kelseygirl1289044363.751221 PostsRegistered 6/2/2009

When you retire you can collect his, but you can't collect yours. It's one or the other you can't collect both.

Kelsey

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