Retirement Planning/widow benefits


I am 62 years old and I want to know if I can get my husbands social security benefit he has been deceased for 34years. I work full time  and I am retiring next year 2015 but can I claim widow benefits now

Richard E. Reyes, CFP
Richard E. Reyes, CFP  
Thanks for your question. I would suggest that you meet with a Certified Financial Planner in your area of the country who can put together a more thorough review of your benefits and how they can be "married into" your entire plan.

In reference to your question you can begin widow benefits as early as 60. However, it will be a reduced benefit since you are under full retirement age. If you qualify for retirement benefits on your record, you can switch to your own retirement benefit as early as age 62.

Hope this helps.  

Retirement Planning

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Richard E. Reyes, CFP


I can provide answers to questions relating to retirement especially relating to; income distribution, tax efficiency, long-term care insurance, life insurance, estate planning, asset protection, variable and fixed annuities, alternative investments and prudent portfolio design.


Through the years Richard has built a reputation as one of Central Florida's expert on retirement income distribution by providing sound, unbiased wealth coaching. We believe that Financial Planning is the problem and Wealth Coaching is the solution. The Wealth Coaching process gives you Peace of Mind, so you can stop worrying about your future. It helps you find happiness as it guides you in the TRUTH of investing, by teaching you how to make wise choices as you journey through your life’s stages. It is all about your relationships and what you value, not your net worth.

Seminole Success Magazine “Retirement Planning” Seminole Success Magazine “Small Business Snapshot” The Orlando Sentinel – Ask the Expert Financial Section (Various) Greater Orlando Broker Agent Magazine “The New It” Senior Market Advisor “Random Reader, Random Questions”

B.S. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
CFP Certificate, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

©2017 All rights reserved.