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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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I am receiving ss with one deceased wife. My first wife died

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I am receiving ss with one deceased wife. My first wife died a few years ago. We were married for 20 years. Can I receive her social security?
JA: The retirement accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.
Customer: Both my wives are now deceased. Searching about my first wife of 20 years
JA: Is there anything else important you think the retirement accountant should know?
Customer: No
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Lane replied 10 months ago.

Hi. My name's Lane ... I can explain how this works.


Yes, you can BUT it's important to understand that benefits can't be "stacked."


Social Security will always pay the higher of any benefit to which you're entitled... but they won't stack the first wife's benefit on top of what you're already receiving.


They way they actually do this is by paying a combination of benefits that takes you Up TO the highest benefit.


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Thank you,


I have a Law degree with concentration in Tax , Estate & Corporate Law, … an MBA, with specialization in finance … 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.