How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask dylatess Your Own Question
dylatess, ATTORNEY
Category: Social Security
Satisfied Customers: 3441
Experience:  37 plus years of SSD practice
Type Your Social Security Question Here...
dylatess is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

My husband passed away a while ago, and I do not receive any

Customer Question

My husband passed away a while ago, and I do not receive any social security benefit from his social security account.
JA: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.
Customer: I did apply. I received the funeral benefit, but only receive social security benefits on my own social security account, which is quite small since I completed my 40 quarters when I was very young from 1944 to 1954. I also receive retirement benefits from my teaching years.
JA: Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?
Customer: No.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  emc011075 replied 6 months ago.

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

If you spouse's benefits were higher than your own than you should be receiving widow's benefits based on his records. But your widows benefits could have been reduced if you applied for your social security benefits before your full retirement age. Also, if you are collecting any type of government pension, your widow's benefits could have been also reduced by the offset. That would be the reason why your benefits did not increased after his death. To be sure you need to contact the social office and check how your benefits are calculated.

Expert:  emc011075 replied 6 months ago.

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

Related Social Security Questions