Asked in Securities Law for California

Q: I was married from 1989 to 2014 leagally and died in 2015 do I have right to his pension or social security?

I currently living in Denver

And have been in europe with a friend

No house of my own in california

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2 Lawyer Answers
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
  • Newport Beach, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: First, this is not a "Securities law" question, and your question will not go to the correct attorneys for an answer, see, you get me! This is Family Law or Probate. But the quick answer is that once you divorced him in 2014, all rights you had to any aspect of his estate were determined by the divorce court and probably ceased for you. So, unless there was a problem with the divorce decree not being done properly, it would be unlikely that you would be entitled to any of the pension or social security that became available in 2015 and was probably distributed to the man's heirs who were there to collect it at the time.

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Sandra Lefler
Sandra Lefler

A: Contact Social Security. Surviving ex spouses may have certain rights to benefits after 10 years of marriage, even though you were divorced at the time of long as you haven't remarried.

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