Social Security

Ask social security questions and get answers ASAP

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

I was born in 1937. I have not applied other benefits

Customer Question
I was born in 1937...
I was born in 1937. I have not applied for any other benefits because I was divorced. Someone has told me that I could apply for additional benefits from my ex husband's account (he is deceased). Is this true? Am I eligible? If so, how do I apply before this benefit gets canceled later this year?
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Social Security
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Social Security Question
Answered in 6 minutes by:
2/11/2016
Social Security Expert: Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney replied 2 years ago
Stephanie O Joy, Esq
Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
Category: Social Security
Satisfied Customers: 13,637
Experience: 22+ years legal exp. - 12+ years owning/operating her own SSD Law practice.
Verified

Hi, OK, the right to file for divorced spouse benefits is NOT going away - if those are bigger than what you are getting on your own record, and you are single, you can still file for them. This is NOT going away. You can go to your local SSA office to inquire of what your divorced spousal benefit would be, and if bigger than what you have not, file for it. It is also important to know that IF your ex passes away, and you are single OR remarried after age 60, you can file for a survivor benefit under his record. This can cause a great gain if his lifetime earnings was greater than your own, because you can collect 100% of HIS benefit, instead of your own. This type of benefit is ALSO not going anywhere.

What is going away is the right of a person to file for a "restricted application for spousal benefits only", even if it is smaller than what they can get on their own record. It used to be that those over 66 but under 70 could file for the first time, for ONLY spousal, so that their own benefit could grow untouched to age 70, thereby increasing by 32% due to the delayed retirement credits earned by not collecting for all those years. This won't apply to you because you have already been collecting AND you are over 70.

Ask Your Own Social Security Question
Social Security Expert: Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney replied 2 years ago

I hope this helps! My goal is toprovide you with excellent and accurateservice – if you feel you have gotten anything less, please reply back, Iam happy to address follow-up questions.

Kindly rate me "excellent"when you are done. I look forward to assisting you in the future, shouldyou have legal questions. Be sure tostart future posts with "To ***** Esq., ONLY" ifyou want me to specifically answer it.

Sincerely, ***** ***** Joy, Esq.

Your online SS legal resource!

Ask Your Own Social Security Question
Social Security Expert: Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney replied 2 years ago

Urgent!

Hello again. It is period end -Please, if you haven't yet had the opportunity to do either of the items below, I ask that you do so now, because itis the only way I can receive credit for time spent with you. Please:

1) Follow up if clarification is needed on our above interaction/Q&A, OR

2) Rate me highly if we are finished for the time being.

If there's more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know how I can be of further assistance. It's my goal to provide you with excellent service- to make sure I answered the question you asked about. Please rate me highly and provide me with feedback. And thanks for understanding how we receive credit from the Site for contributing our time here!

Sincerely,

Stephanie O. Joy, Esq. – Your Online Legal Professional

Ask Your Own Social Security Question
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with a social security expertLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask Stephanie O Joy, Esq Your Own Question
Stephanie O Joy, Esq
Stephanie O Joy, Esq
Stephanie O Joy, Esq, Soc. Sec. Attorney
Category: Social Security
Satisfied Customers: 13,637
13,637 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 22+ years legal exp. - 12+ years owning/operating her own SSD Law practice.

Stephanie O Joy, Esq is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I really was impressed with the prompt response. Your expert was not only a tax expert, but a people expert!!! Her genuine and caring attitude came across in her response...

T.G.WMatteson, IL

I WON!!! I just wanted you to know that your original answer gave me the courage and confidence to go into yesterday's audit ready to fight.

BonnieChesnee, SC

Great service. Answered my complex tax question in detail and provided a lot of additional useful information for my specific situation.

JohnMinneapolis, MN

Excellent information, very quick reply. The experts really take the time to address your questions, it is well worth the fee, for the peace of mind they can provide you with.

OrvilleHesperia, California

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

dylatess

dylatess

ATTORNEY

3,467 satisfied customers

37 plus years of SSD practice

Megan C

Megan C

Certified Public Accountant (CPA)

4,582 satisfied customers

Licensed CPA, CMA, CFE, CGMA M.Accy Also Teach Accounting courses at Master's Level

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney

3,071 satisfied customers

I have 30 years of legal and litigation experience, including representing clients before the U.S. Social Security Administration.

R. Klein, EA

R. Klein, EA

Accountant

334 satisfied customers

Tax & Social Security Benefits specialist

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

233 satisfied customers

Licensed in multiple jurisdictions, experienced business attorney.

AttorneyTom

AttorneyTom

Attorney

16 satisfied customers

Attorney

Stephanie O Joy, Esq

Stephanie O Joy, Esq

Soc. Sec. Attorney

13,637 satisfied customers

22+ years legal exp. - 12+ years owning/operating her own SSD Law practice.

< Previous | Next >

Related Social Security Questions
I just turned 62 this past June and wanted to know if I
Good morning, I just turned 62 this past June and wanted to know if I could receive my ex husbands S.S. benefits without it affecting my S.S. retirement benefits. We were married for over 19 years … read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
I'm am 63, my husband 83. I my be getting a divorce soon. I
I'm am 63, my husband 83. I my be getting a divorce soon. I am not collecting social security but my husband does collect social Security , $2200 less Medicare per month. If I collected on my earnings… read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
How can I find out what my social security will be when I
how can I find out what my social security will be when I become 62 … read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
My husbands ex wife is deceased. They were married over 10
My husbands ex wife is deceased. They were married over 10 yrs. My husband should be entitled to her Social Security benefits. He is collecting his own but I understand he can also get hers. Survivor … read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
I have been divorced 16 yrs after being g. My ex husband is
My ex husband is getting married. Who would be entitled to window's benefit. We were married 29 yrs before we divorced. … read more
emc011075
emc011075
Senior Tax Specialist
Bachelor's Degree
16 satisfied customers
I have been divorced for 10 years, was married for 28. My ex
I have been divorced for 10 years, was married for 28. My ex is 72, I am 62. We had our own business. When can I start to recieve any SS benefits from him? … read more
TaxRobin
TaxRobin
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
1 satisfied customers
I was married for 20 years, then divorced. I have not
I was married for 20 years, then divorced. I have not remarried. I just turned 65 and plan to continue to work until age 70 at which time I will draw my SS. However, a friend told me that she thought … read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
I was married for 25 years and am now divorced for 4 years.
I was married for 25 years and am now divorced for 4 years. My ex husband is over 62. Can I collect from his social security now? … read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
I will try tube articulate and brief as possible.iwas
Hello, I will try tube articulate and brief as possible.iwas married for 36 years. I divorced in 2009. My ex husband will turn 65 this April, he was born in 1952. I will turn 63 this June, I was born … read more
Barbara
Barbara
Enrolled Agent, Paralegal
5,662 satisfied customers
I was married for over 17 years and divorced. Remarried and
Thanks, I was married for over 17 years and divorced. Remarried and my husband of 26 years passed. When he passed and I talked to ss I was told I could get ss from which ever one would pay more. I get… read more
Christopher B, Esq.
Christopher B, Esq.
Attorney
Juris Doctor
2,197 satisfied customers
I am divorced & my ex died about 2 yrs ago. We were married
I am divorced & my ex died about 2 yrs ago. We were married 15 yrs. He was an MD. I was told that my earnings were greater than his & before his death my benefits were better, which I find hard to bel… read more
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Attorney
JD
20,474 satisfied customers
I was married to my first husband for fifteen years before
I was married to my first husband for fifteen years before he died. I remarried and now getting a divorce from my second husband. Will I be eligible for my first husbands social security benefits?… read more
keeperumiami
keeperumiami
Sr Financial & Tax Consultant
Bachelor\u0027s Degree
1 satisfied customers
I was married on 2-9-67, we divorced 2-10-11. I retired
I was married on 2-9-67, we divorced 2-10-11. I retired 11-3-05, I retired w/gov. pension did not pay social security. Am I eligable to receive any ss benefits from ex husband. My gross gov. annuity i… read more
Rick Martin
Rick Martin
MBA
92 satisfied customers
I was married to someone born in 1953 years. I was born in
I was married to someone born in 1953 for 14 years. I was born in 1951. I am unemployed currently. Can I take 1/2 of his SSI and not effect mine and then take mine at 66??… read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
Here's one. I am a 62 year old women collecting SS
Here's one for you. I am a 62 year old women collecting SS disability for between six and seven years. I am divorced from my ex-husband over 10 years ago. I did remarry and he died 5 years ago. Since … read more
LEV
LEV
Retired
Bachelor's Degree
14,896 satisfied customers
is it true that if i was married to someone over 20 years and
is it true that if i was married to someone over 20 years and he is now on social security i can collect on him… read more
Megan C
Megan C
Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
Master's Degree
4,582 satisfied customers
I am a 71 year old widow collecting under my own social security.
I am a 71 year old widow collecting under my own social security. I am having a hard time making ends meet even though I am still working part time - 22 hours a week. My son in law passed away in an a… read more
KUMI95
KUMI95
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
17 satisfied customers
I have been divorced from a 17 year marriage for over 15 years.
I have been divorced from a 17 year marriage for over 15 years. My ex is 85 years old and still living. I am 76. Can I collect my ex-husbands soc. sec. benefits?… read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x