Retirement Savings and Benefits
Questions and comments about IRAs, 401k accounts, social security, and other forms of retirement savings and benefits.
Husband's SSA Benefits for Surviving Spouse
Posted by: Katosalibi, April 21, 2017 04:24AM
My husband recently passed away and prior to his death, he was receiving twice the amount of SSA benefits that I received. My understanding is that with his passing, I am entitled to receive what he received in SSA benefits in lieu of my SSA benefits.

Can anyone confirm this?

Is it possible I'm not entitled to his benefits at all because his payouts exceeded what he contributed to SSA over his lifetime? (He passed at 85 yr old.)

Thank you very much for your advice.



Re: Husband's SSA Benefits for Surviving Spouse
Posted by: kaneohe, April 21, 2017 04:58PM
My impression is the same as yours if you are FRA or older (typically 66 or so.....see attached link for more definitive link). [www.ssa.gov]

Have never heard what you speculated about in your next to last paragraph.

Re: Husband's SSA Benefits for Surviving Spouse
Posted by: Sven, April 22, 2017 07:34PM
I agree on the last question. Could have been something somebody peddling annuities might have thrown out to scare somebody into buying an annuity.



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