Charlottesville, VA asked in Social Security for Virginia

Q: I've been collecting my deceased husband's SS since retiring, but I will get more when I turn 70, right?

I turn 70 in March of 2018. I've been told that the amount will increase then. I would like to know the new amount to expect, so I can better plan.

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Jerry Lutkenhaus
Jerry Lutkenhaus
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Richmond, VA
  • Licensed in Virginia

A: It is my understanding if you "delay" taking benefits until age 70 then you receive higher benefits. However, this does not appear to be your case since you did not "delay" taking benefits. You should of course check with your Social Security Office to make sure nothing higher is available. Perhaps, if you have not drawn under your own number, then your money under your own number will be higher than drawing under your husband's number.

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