I worked as a state employee for 19 years in NV. and I did not pay social security. I receive PERS state pension benefits since retiring in April, 2013. My deceased husband, however, was entitled to full SSI benefits. All I want is my spousal survivor benefits and I keep being told that in Nevada, we are subject o the "windfall" law.
Response 1: You would be subject to Windfall Elimination Provision on your own Social Security Retirement Benefits when you start to receive the benefits because you did not contribute to Social Security system, but not on your Survivor benefits based on the earnings of your late husband.
I appreciate you fine-tuned answer, but I DO NOT UNDERSTAND and I have 2 MA degrees. So, PLEASE spell it out for me and tell me:
Am I entitled to spousal benefits now or ever?
Response 2: You are entitled to spousal benefits because your husband contributed enough to the Social Security system for you to be eligible. For more information, click on the link below:
Who or where should I contact to try to get his SSI.?
Response 3: You mean your Survivor benefits? SSI is a different program for people who did not work long enough to receive disability benefits but are in need. This does not apply to you since your late husband worked long enough to qualify for retirement benefits. Here is information on how to apply for Survivor benefits:
Should I get an attorney here? If so, who?
Response 4: You can do this on your own.