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Category: Social Security
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My husband died when I was age 58 and employed. At age 60 I

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My husband died when I was age 58 and employed. At age 60 I began receiving a SS based on his earnings. I just turned age 70. Would anything change if I applied on my own? He made quite a bit more than I did. My present check is 1055$ per month.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Phillips Esq. replied 1 year ago.

No. Nothing would really change since your benefits under your earnings would be smaller. So, Social Security Administration would pay you the combination of your benefits and his benefits that would result in you getting a higher benefits amount. You would not get both.