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My wife recently retired - she is eligible to receive SS

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My wife recently retired - she is eligible to receive SS payments at age 62 of $948/month. MuY intention is to work until I am 66 - full retirement age - anticipated monthly benefit of $2576/month. If I would pass away in the interim would would my wife's widow benefits amount to and if I pass after I retire what would my wife's benefits amount to?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  dylatess replied 1 year ago.

A widow age 60 or older is entitled to receive the higher of each spouse's SS benefit. Accordingly, if you passed away, she would get now what you would receive beginning at age 66. Likewise, you cannot combine benefits in the event of one spouse's death.