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I'm 74 and collect SS from my own SS#. A friend of mine

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I'm 74 and collect SS from my own SS#. A friend of mine collects on her own SS# ***** but she also collects half of what her deceased husband would have gotten.Am I ellgible to collect half of what my deceased husband would have gotten?Thanks.
Lillian C. Gorsuch
Submitted: 11 days ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  LawTalk replied 11 days ago.

Good afternoon Lillian,

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

Your friend is mistaken, and she does not collect both her own full benefit and a full survivor benefit (or half of what her husband's benefit was). If her husband's benefit was greater than her own when he passed, then she is collecting her own benefit plus "part" of her husband's benefit in order to equal 100% of the benefit her husband was receiving at his death.

If your husband's benefit was greater than yours at the time of his death, then you too qualify for a survivor benefit that will pay you the equivalent of 100% of his full retirement benefit that he was receiving. This survivor benefit, like your friend's will be composed of your retirement benefit and a part of your husband's---but not necessarily half.

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