Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
The age 71 is a positive factor. There are many other factors involving. The person needs to consult DIRECTLY with the Social Security Administration. Walk or call in person. Do this as soon as possible. The most relevant factor is the years of marriage. Also, whether the surviving spouse has an existing SS retirement amount higher than the spouse.
Fiona Chen, MPA, Ph.D., CPA, ABV, CFF, CITP