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I LOST MY HUSBAND IN 2005 .I STARTING TAKING A WIDOWS

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I LOST MY HUSBAND IN 2005 .I STARTING TAKING A WIDOWS BENEFIT WHICH WAS HIS SOCIAL SECURITY ABOUT 6 MONTHS AGO. A TAX LAWYER TOLD ME I COULD GO BACK AND CLAIM HIS SOCIAL SECURITY FOR 11 YEARS THAT HE HAS BEEN GONE. I AM 62 AND HE WAS 52 WHEN HE DIED. IS THIS TRUE
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

Hi Cindy. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to help you.

Survivors or window's benefits are usually not retroactive. The earliest you can apply for survivor benefits is at 60, unless you were disabled or become disabled within 7 years of his death.

According to SSA:

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  • If you are not getting benefits, you should apply for survivor benefits promptly because, in some cases, benefits may not be retroactive.....

https://www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors/howtoapply.html

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Your widow or widower can receive:

  • reduced benefits as early as age 60 or full benefits atfull 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....

https://www.ssa.gov/planners/survivors/onyourown2.html

Expert:  emc011075 replied 1 year ago.

I see you read my respond. Do you have any questions? Is there anything else I can help you with today?