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Former divorce spouse past away November 21,,2016. Believed…

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Former divorce spouse past away November 21,,2016. Believed to have received financial social security aid from my earning. Now that she is no longer living, do I receive my full benefits?

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My former divorced wife passed away last November and was receiving social security benefits based on my earnings. Now that she is no longer living am I entitle to receive the social security money benefits that she was receiving based on my previous earnings.

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Social Security Expert: emc011075, Tax Adviser replied 11 months ago
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Hi. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to help you.

She was not receiving your benefits, she was receiving her own benefits based on your records. Nobody is entitled to your benefits but you. Her benefits based on your records did not affected or reduced your benefits in any way. If your benefits are reduced, it is not because she was receiving spousal benefits, but because you applied for your benefits before your full retirement age.

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Be advised my former devorced and deceased wife hadn't work for more than fifty years. She relied soly on my income.
Dose that make a difference?
Customer reply replied 11 months ago
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Social Security Expert: emc011075, Tax Adviser replied 11 months ago

There are few ways to qualify for social security benefits:

1. Work and contribute to social security and earning social security credits (you need 40 credits to qualify)

2. Being married to somebody who already qualifies for benefits (current spouse)

3. Being divorced from somebody who qualifies for benefits(if married for 10+ years)

4. Being a dependent of somebody who qualifies for benefits.

As long as she was married to you for 10+ years she do qualifies for social security benefits based on your records. Her benefits did not reduce yours (even if they were based on your records and she never collected enough credits to qualify for benefits based on her own records). She earned her benefits by being married to you.

You can ignore the phone call. It was computer generated.

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Social Security Expert: emc011075, Tax Adviser replied 10 months ago

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

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