Q & A
Does starting Social Security as a widow prevent me from receiving my own retirement?
Answer: No. If eligible for SSA survivors benefits as widow or widower and also for your own retirement, you can start the smaller one first and switch to the higher later on. Based on age, survivors benefits can start as early as age 60 and retirement at age 62. To consider your options, get a survivors benefit estimate from your local SSA office and of your own retirement amount online at the SSA retirement planner section, www.socialsecurity.gov/planners/retire/. Read more…
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