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When a husband dies, does the widow inherit the

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When a husband dies, does the widow inherit the benefits...she is 99 years old.
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Customer: My sister, age 99, has just become a widow...does she collect his benefits?
JA: Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?
Customer: No.
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Christopher B, Esq. replied 3 months ago.

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Expert:  Christopher B, Esq. replied 3 months ago.

Yes, as long as she was married at least 9 months, she can collect a one time death benefit of $255 (she can ask for this when she applies for a survivor benefit or reports the death) and collect a survivor benefit. Understand that this benefit does not stack with her own social security benefit. She can only get the higher of the two benefits, so if her deceased spouse's benefit was larger than her own, she can switch over to his benefit,

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Expert:  Christopher B, Esq. replied 3 months ago.

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