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Category: Social Security
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Experience:  I have 30 years of legal and litigation experience, including representing clients before the U.S. Social Security Administration.
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Does the husband need a copy of marriage certificate to

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Does the husband need a copy of marriage certificate to apply for SS from his deceased wife's account? We have Birth certs and passports.
JA: The Retirement Accountant will know how to help. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.
Customer: Robert & Regina Jones were married on Nov 1, 1980. She passed away on May 2, 1917. He worked selfemployed for several years. We believe he could get a higher benefit collecting on her 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. Is there anything else important you think the Retirement Accountant should know?
Customer: I will be doing most of the communication for him as he does not retain info as he could.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  LawTalk replied 1 month ago.

Good morning,

I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

A surviving spouse needs a copy of the marriage license, a copy of the death certificate and both of their social security numbers in order to apply for a survivor benefit.

Birth certificates and passports do not prove the existence of a marriage---which is a requirement to collect a survivor benefit.

You may reply back to me again if you have additional questions, and I will continue to assist you.

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I wish you and yours well in 2017,

Doug

Expert:  LawTalk replied 1 month ago.

Hi,

Is there anything else I can assist you with today? It is possible that your questions and issues might be better served by an in-depth conversation with me. If you are interested, for a very nominal charge I can offer you a private phone conference.

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I wish you the best in 2017,

Doug