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My wife passed away last year, can I collect her social

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My wife passed away last year, can I collect her social security benefits as a surviving souse? I am 65 and have not collect my own benefits yet.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Jonathan Tierney replied 1 year ago.

Hi, my name is ***** ***** my goal is to provide you with the most complete and accurate answer possible.

Unfortunately, you have to wait until your full retirement age before you have a choice to only receive your benefits based upon your wife’s earnings. If you do so now, the SSA will automatically give you a combination of both your own and your spouse’s earnings. Once you turn 66, you will be able to claim survivor’s benefits only and still earn delayed retirement credits.

I hope this answers your question. Please let me know if I can clarify anything or answer any additional questions. Thanks, Jonathan