Belleville, MI asked in Social Security for Michigan

Q: I retired in 2016 at age 60. My deceased husband will be 65 in April, can I collect his social security?

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John Joseph Rizzo III
John Joseph Rizzo III
  • Social Security Disability Lawyer
  • Traverse City, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Prior to your full retirement age, you may claim reduced benefits based on your deceased husband's earning records. If he was receiving a reduced benefit before he passed away, your benefits would be based on his reduced benefits. So, unless he claimed his benefits before full retirement age, your benefit amount would be based on your age, not his.

You can sign up for an online account at, which may be able to give you more detailed information about your benefits.

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