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Category: Social Security
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Experience:  Law Degree, specialization in Tax Law and Corporate Law, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial, Social Security & Tax advice since 1986
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Can my father collect survivor benefits from my mother's

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Can my father collect survivor benefits from my mother's social security if he too collects social security?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Lane replied 9 months ago.

Hi My name's Lane. I can help here.


The way ALL Social Security benefits work is that if someone qualifies by being a spouse, or by being a widow or widower, and is already receiving their own benefit on their own work record,.....


Social Security will pay a combination of benefits that take the benefit up TO that higher benefit.


The benefit canot be "stacked," as Social Security calls it ... (one benefit added on top of the other) ... but the benefit WILL be taken up TO that higher benefit if the survivor, spousal, or other benefit is higher.

Expert:  Lane replied 9 months ago.

I hope this has helped. … Please let me know if you have any questions at all, before rating me


If this HAS helped, and you DON’T have other questions … I'd appreciate a positive rating (using the stars or faces on your screen, and then clicking “submit") ... Otherwise JA doesn't credit me for the work here.


Thank you!


I hold a law degree, with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA, with specialization in financial accounting & tax, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice, since 1986.