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Social Security Disability Laws in Virginia

If someone is on Social Security disability in the state of Virginia, when they die does the widow have the option of getting his income as opposed to hers? I know some women get their husband's benefits, but does that apply to Social Security disability as well?

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By Kateland

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May 26, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know why people ask these type of questions when a simple call to the local social security office will give them the correct answer.

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May 27, 20110 found this helpful

Your best direction for seeking out the answer for Virginia (even though SSD is a govt pogram) is to call the Social Security Office and ask. If your mother already gets Social Security talk to her case worker.

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May 28, 20110 found this helpful

You really need to ask your local Social Security office about this. You don't say if you are disabled or working or whether you have a disabled child. The SSA people will help you get the money you're entitled to.

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May 28, 20110 found this helpful

To foxrun41 buzz off! You can tell you either work for ss or you have never dealt with them it takes a while to get through and get the right answer. Also what gives you the right to complain about what type of questions people ask. Glad I was not your child!

To Kateland call ss when you have time to wait and ask them. I know in NC the wife can get the husband's because we just went through this with my mother. Good Luck!

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May 28, 20110 found this helpful

Kateland, call the closest local social security office to you. Sometimes you can't get through even though local (I know this first hand and I live in a small area) so if you have that same problem it would be best to go to that local office because you'll either be able to see someone that very day or be given an appointment. Please know that they have the answers for your situation and will definitely work with you.

Foxrun, sometimes people simply don't know what to do or who to call and that's why they ask for help here. Perhaps if these types of questions are irritating to you, you can simply not read them? I know some subjects are irritating to myself and some subjects are irritating to others here so we simply don't read those particular ones and leave the answers to others.

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May 28, 20110 found this helpful

You can collect your husbands SSD when you turn 60. Sooner if you are disabled. You can apply on line or at your local office. Apply a month or 2 before your 60th birthday to avoid delay in receiving your benefits. I received my first check last month. When you turn 66 they will reevaluate to see if you would be better off receiving your own benefits.

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May 29, 20110 found this helpful

In defense of Foxrun41, when people ask these kind of questions of people who are not experts, they run the risk of getting wrong answers. Five people might say yes and five might say no. Then she would still not know the answer to her question. There are a lot of factors that determine the answer to this question and we do not have the information necessary to answer it even if we worked for SS. How old is the mother? How long were they married? You must be married nine years to qualify for a spouses SS. Sometimes SS dissability is given for life or just for two years. I have seen some questions like this with some way out wrong answers and I think that when there is a sure way to get the correct one then the person needs to go to that source instead of asking non experts. I would hate to see someone go without benefits because they believed an answer of no instead of an answer of yes just because they did not ask the SS office.

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May 29, 20110 found this helpful

Also, a widow cannot collect her husband's SS when she is 60 unless the couple were married nine years.

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May 29, 20110 found this helpful

Lilac, it's so very nice of you to defend Foxrun but what was upsetting to some of us is what he/she wrote when could have simply said to call Social Security for the answer. The way it was written quite possibly made Kateland feel stupid for even asking the question and that is not helpful and kind of mean :-( Yes, incorrect information is sometimes given here but it's at least enough to direct the person asking the question to some sort of ideas for them to think about and try.

I know sometimes what I write can seem harsh to others but do try to consider the feelings of the person asking and try hard to temper those words at least with details of what 'might' possibly be good for them to try as if talking face to face with them like one would do with a family member, friend or next door neighbor. We all have our own opinions and none of us are perfect but in my heart one sentence written in judgement and irritation to a complete stranger reaching out for help is kind of mean and so impersonal.

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June 1, 20110 found this helpful

In Ohio, you must have been married for 20 years to be entitled to your spouse's social security benefits.

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