Disabled widow and widower benefits

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Updated: 4/13/2007 3:37 pm
When a worker entitled to Social Security Benefits dies, the surviving spouse, age 60 or older, may qualify for survivor benefits. A surviving spouse, age 50 or older, may qualify only if disabled. To be entitled to a widow's or widower's benefit as a disabled widow or widower, the law provides that you must have a medically determinable physical or mental impairment which can be expected to result in death or has lasted or can be expected to last for a continuous period of not less than twelve months. The impairments must be of a level of severity to prevent a person from doing any gainful activity. There are other benefits which may be available to the surviving spouse and dependent children. If you would like further information on Widow/Widower's Benefits, talk with your local Social Security Administration or with an attorney who is knowledgeable in this area of the law.

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