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Category: Social Security
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Experience:  I have 30 years of legal and litigation experience, including representing clients before the U.S. Social Security Administration.
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My wife of 40 years passed away in 2003 but I just

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My wife of 40 years passed away in 2003 but I just discovered it is possible as a widower I can get additional SSI
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  LawTalk replied 10 months ago.

Good afternoon,

I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

You would be entitled to a survivor benefit based on the passing of your wife. However, as only one social security benefit may be paid at a time to a recipient, the only way that the survivor benefit would help you is if your wife was collecting or was going to be entitled to collect a retirement benefit that was more than yours.

You will want to contact social security and ask them to check to see whether your wife's retirement benefit was greater than yours and if it was, then you will want to make a survivor benefit claim. When you go to social security---because you cannot do this online, be sure to have a copy of your marriage license and a copy of her death certificate. Social security will need that to process your claim.

You may reply back to me using the Reply link and I will be happy to continue to assist you until I am able to address your concerns, to your satisfaction.

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I wish you and yours the best in 2016,

Doug

Expert:  LawTalk replied 10 months ago.

Good afternoon,

Do you have any additional questions that you would like me to address for you? In case you would like a phone call to further discuss these issues you have raised, I will make that offer to you. You are certainly not obligated to accept a call offer, but many people do find it helpful for clarification purposes, as well as to allow them to ask additional questions.

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Thanks in advance,

Doug