Collecting Survivor Benfits?

I was married for over 11 years and my wife had passed away approximately in 1997. I was just told that I could have been collecting benefits I have not been aware of. Am I still able to get benefits after 17 years since her death?

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By BCT from Cohoes, NY

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June 4, 20140 found this helpful

Call your local Social Security Office and talk to them. They are the only ones that know the correct answer. My guess is it will depend on how long she worked, if she worked.

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June 6, 20140 found this helpful

Take the advice of "redhatterb" and talk to someone at your SS office.

A lot will depend on why you are applying for benefits?
Are you disabled? Can you draw benefits in your own name?
Do you have young children?
Did your wife work long enough to have SS benefits?

Use advice from "friends" as a trigger to go to your SS office for true facts.

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