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I really am not going to do away with him, but I remember reading that when I turn 65, I will be eligible to receive my husband’s full Social Security payment. Is this true? In addition to my own? If this is true, should anything happen, that would mean I can stay in the house, keep my pets, etc. I know, this sounds like a heartless question and I certainly am not chafing at the bit for widowhood, but it would be a comfort to know if this is possible.

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From what I understand and I am going through this with my parents as my dad doesn't have a lot of time left, when a spouse dies, the surviving spouse can get ONE of the two social securities. In my moms case she would choose my dads as it is a lot bigger. My mom never worked very much as she was a homemaker, housewife type so her SS is pretty small, and she really wont be missing much by giving that up.

So you CAN get your hsubands, SS, but NOT in addition to your own. You will have to choose one.
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Are you collecting yours yet?

My husband was collecting at the time I started at 62. Neither one of us waited till full SS which was 66 for us being born in 47 & 49. My husband was getting 1500 I was getting 750 which was already half of his. If he had gotten 2000 they would have brought mine up to 1000 half of his. There is a little more to this but basically when your husband passes, your SS will drop, if it's the lesser amount, and you will get your husbands, if his is the higher. If you pass before him, he keeps the higher SS and the lower drops. You cannot get two SS checks. I think you r smart to look ahead. Then u can plan for the future. Statistics say woman will live longer.
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There are too many missing pieces of info for you to get an accurate response. The website socialsecurity.gov has lots of information on it. Alternatively, you can call the hotline at 800-772-1213. I would urge you to inquire about an appointment for your local office (if that is doable) where you can ask all of your questions.
Widows do not receive both social security payments, just the higher of the two.
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I just went with my mom to the SS office yesterday, so I'll tell you her situation. She's been getting SS benefits since she hit retirement age in 2001- my dad was already drawing SS then. She claimed on my dad's SS and she received about $50 more a month then she would have gotten with just her own - she was 63, so she would have gotten more if she'd waited til 65. My dad got his own amount and she got her own amount.
My dad passed away this past January, so now my mom will get his entire amount, monthly. She won't get hers, plus his - just his. But this is good because, his was about a thousand dollars more a month than hers.
You won't get your husband's SS, but you can claim SS once you hit 65, on his. he'll get his, and you will get yours.
I would definitely go to the SSA website and read up on the benefits. I do know, though, that you only get yours until he dies and then you should be eligible to draw his (only).
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Yes, when Dad passed Mom was able to elect to receive his higher amount. It's one or the other.
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Yes, a surviving wife can receive her deceased husbands FULL SS check. She just cannot have his AND hers
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Ahmijoy:

You will be able to receive your husband's FULL SS benefit in the amount he collected at the time of his death.

But yes, as others stated you will have to drop one, most likely yours, if your SS is lower than your husband's full payment.

You wrote: [" Thanks, everyone. It doesn’t seem fair that I’d have to tank my SS since it’s MINE, but Hubby’s is more than twice mine. I’m already collecting on his." ]

It does seem unfair given that widows who never worked still get the husbands full payment at his death.

While women who worked lose theirs, if they collect their husband's benefit.

That does seem unfair for women who worked and paid their own earnings into SS.
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I have never heard of anyone receiving the husbands full benefits. You are able to collect half his benefits as soon as you reach the required age now with no need to wait for his passing. Both my sisters are receiving half their husbands benefits since that amount is greater than their own amounts. But to my knowledge, this will never increase after the spouses pass. You need to contact Social Security with your questions.

So many rules have changed. I didn't know about the above because I started collecting before my sisters. I did it online and now I advise everyone to make an appointment with their social security office. You are even allowed to take half of your husbands allotment and allow yours to continue increasing/growing.

Make the appointment and go down and learn all you are eligible for. I wish someone had told me to do that.
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It is about half depending on what you make. When he started receiving payments he would have had to make a choice of this inclusion or check the box that for a higher rate of payment that dies with him. If he applied for the higher rate, you would have had to signed a notarized statement accepting his decision. You can find how your payments would work out including different scenarios by going to their website. You will need your SS number and fill out security questions.
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Thanks, everyone. It doesn’t seem fair that I’d have to tank my SS since it’s MINE, but Hubby’s is more than twice mine. I’m already collecting on his. I agree that I need to go to the local office (and hopefully I won’t encounter the agent who told me once when I called that “You’re getting all from us that you’re going to get!”) or go online.
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