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My husband passed away April 29th. I received s SS payment

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My husband passed away April 29th. I received his SS payment on May 3rd, and did not spend it as I knew it would be taken back... which they have done. Will I be entitled to a portion of his SS. I receive my own as well
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  lev-tax replied 1 year ago.

Sorry for your loss.

As a widow - you may be eligible for survival benefits - up to the amount of his benefits.

As if you already receive your own benefits - you will not receive both benefits - but will be entitled for the larger.

Let me know if you need any further help.

Expert:  lev-tax replied 1 year ago.

You probably know people who are receiving Social Security survivors benefits because they're a widow or widower.

Your widow or widower can receive:

--reduced benefits as early as age 60 or full benefits at full retirement age or older.

--benefits as early as age 50 if he or she is disabled AND their disability started before or within seven years of your death.

Widows cannot apply online for survivors benefits. If they want to apply for disability benefits on your record, they should contact Social Security at 1-***-***-**** to request an appointment.

The maximum survivors benefit amount is limited to what you would receive if you were still alive.

These are examples of monthly benefit payments:

  • Widow or widower, full retirement age or older --100 percent of your benefit amount;
  • Widow or widower, age 60 to full retirement age -- 71½ to 99 percent of your basic amount;
  • Disabled widow or widower, age 50 through 59 -- 71½ percent;
  • Widow or widower, any age, caring for a child under age 16 -- 75 percent.

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