Can a Widow Collect Their Spouse’s Social Security Benefits?

Losing a spouse is a difficult and emotional time in anyone’s life. Along with the grieving process, there are also financial considerations to consider. One of these considerations may be Social Security disability benefits. Can a widower collect their spouse’s Social Security disability benefits?


Widows May Be Eligible for Spouse’s Benefits Under Certain Conditions

According to the SSA, a widower may be eligible for their deceased spouse’s benefits based on their work record if they are at least 50 years old and meet specific other criteria. The widower also must have been married to the deceased spouse for at least nine months, with some exceptions. Additionally, the disability must have occurred before the deceased spouse’s death or within seven years after their death. If the widower meets these requirements, they may be eligible to receive up to 100% of their deceased spouse’s disability benefit amount.

What to Do to Seek Survivors’ Benefits

It is possible for a widower to collect their deceased spouse’s Social Security Disability benefits, but they must meet certain eligibility requirements. If you are a widower and think you may be eligible for survivors’ benefits, including disability benefits, it’s essential to contact the SSA and discuss your situation with a representative. They can help you determine what benefits you may be eligible for and guide you through the application process.

Michigan Social Security Disability Attorneys with Compassion

At the Disability Attorneys of Michigan, we care not only about your case but about you. If you have recently lost a spouse who was a Social Security Disability beneficiary, you may be eligible to collect their benefits. Speak with our skilled Social Security Disability lawyers for free – we won’t get paid until you do.

Contact us today by submitting the form below or calling our office at 800-949-2900 for a free case evaluation.

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