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You will be eligible for a one time payment of $255 from SSA as a death benefit and also be able to take a survivor benefit based on her social security benefit. Understand that if this benefit is lower than your own benefit, you will not see a change or increase in your benefits. The survivor benefit does not stack with your own benefit and you only receive the higher of the two benefits. This benefit can be taken starting at age 60 and at full retirement it is 100% of her benefit if she is eligible. See link to apply: https://www.ssa.gov/survivors/
See link from SSA for more information: http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/EN-05-10084.pdf
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