Q: Social Security - Married 23 years. Divorced 03, he died 04. I Would like to collect those benefits.
When I applied for my own Social Security last month, they told me I could have been collecting my husband's payments since I turned 60 in Feb 2009. Why wasn't I notified? If I deserved these payments, now that I am aware, why can I not get this money? They say sorry no way will they give this money to me, too bad I was not aware. How frustrating this is.
You are eligible for your spouse's survivorship benefits if you are 60 or older. Or, if you are between 50 and 60, you can apply for widow's disability benefits if you are also disabled.
This is meant to be general information and is not legal advice.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.