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Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
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My sister is 70 years old. She has been widowed three times.

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My sister is 70 years old. She has been widowed three times. Her first husband died in 1979, and they were married 17 years. Her last two experiences left her broke and penniless. She worked all these years in the past before 65, and can barely get by with 1000 a month. Is she illigible to tap into her first husbands social security account since they were married a long time, and he was a good wage earner?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

Oh MY! Yes! She was married over 10 years, and he has passed. She can get divorced widow benefits, most likely and the best part? 100% of HIS benefit. If that exceeds her $1000 mo., she will want to take that asap.

Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.

She can not apply for this online - so she will want to go into her local SSA with birth certificate, marriage license, photo id and a death certificate if she has, for that particular husband.

Expert:  Stephanie O Joy, Esq replied 1 year ago.
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