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I was married for 15 years to a man who has just died. I

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I was married for 15...
I was married for 15 years to a man who has just died. I have the marriage certificate and divorce certificate. Do I need to have the death certificate before I apply for my widowhood benefits?
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 married Peter moretti in California on June 22, 1961. We divorced in June 6, 1977. He died on July 8, 2017 in Texas. I am now 79 years of age.
JA: Is there anything else important you think the Retirement Accountant should know?
Customer: Not that I know of.
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Welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be happy to assist you.

If you are planning to visit your local Social Security office to apply for survivor benefits on your deceased, ex-husband's earnings record, you will need a copy of his death certificate so your application can be processed.

If you don't yet have the death certificate, you can apply online using your "My Social Security" account, but you will still have to provide the death certificate.

You can register for an online account at the following link:

https://secure.ssa.gov/RIL/SiView.do

You can also apply by phone by calling Social Security at 1-***-***-**** between the hours of 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Please let me know if I can assist you further.

Thank you and best regards,

Barb

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