Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
Unfortunately, you do NOT get to draw on both accounts. You should receive the larger of the two benefits but will need to go to a SSA office to request this. Bring photo ID, a copy of marriage records, your birth certificate and a copy of his death certificate. I am sorry but life is about to get more difficult.There is a spousal death benefit for which you qualify but, again, only if you request it. Please do not delay.