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If one spouse receives more in social security benefits than the other one and passes away, can the remaining spouse collect the difference?

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My sister receives more benefits than her husband, and she was told that he could file for her benefits if she passes away before him.

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In brief, the answer to your question is yes, once the surviving spouse applies for survivor's benefits, if the deceased spouse's benefits were more, benefits for the surviving spouse will be increased. SEE BELOW:

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If your and your spouse had both already started claiming - The higher benefit amount becomes the survivor benefit, and the lower of the two benefit amounts will be stopped.

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https://www.thebalance.com/social-security-survivor-benefits-for-a-spouse-2388918

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