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My husband died 11-21-17 I went and applied for spousal

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My husband died 11-21-17...

My husband died 11-21-17 I went and applied for spousal benefits.. I was told I would get his full amount and loose mine.. I get a letter from the ss office and I am only awarded 800.00 a month.. he was getting 1900 what can I do I need help

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Social Security Expert: Lane, JD,CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 7 months ago
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It sounds like you may have applied for the wrong benefit (or they may have, yet again, screwed up)

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the survivor's benefit (after a spouse passes) is different from the spousal benefit (while your spouse is living)

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The survivor benefit amount depends on our age when you start taking the benefit.

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These are examples of the benefits that survivors may receive:

  • Widow or widower, full retirement age or older—100 percent of the deceased worker's benefit amount;
  • Widow or widower, age 60—full retirement age—71½ to 99 percent of the deceased worker's basic amount;
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Social Security Expert: Lane, JD,CFP, MBA, CRPS replied 7 months ago

How old were you when you started the benefit?

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