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My wife has passed away and both of us drew ss. can I draw

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My wife has passed away and both of us drew ss . can I draw her ss also ?My ss was a little larger then hers
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Arthur Rubin replied 1 year ago.

I'm sure the SS office knows what they're talking about, but, normally, you receive the larger of your benefit and the spousal / ex-spousal benefit. However, the ex-spousal benefit is 100% of what her benefit was (or would have been), while the spousal benefit is 50% of her benefit.