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Receiving Social Security SSI Benefits?

I am 34. My husband died in a car accident. He has a daughter by another woman (we didn't have children). His daughter receives his SSI benefit until she graduates from HS in 3yrs. My question is am I eligible to receive SSI now or later at retirement age?

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September 28, 20140 found this helpful

Depends on how much or how long he paid into it, and how long you were married. You need to contact your local social security office and ask them.

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September 30, 20140 found this helpful

Since you apparently are in good health and only 34 years old I can see no reason for you to expect benefits any sooner than "regular" people which usually start at 65-66 years of age.

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I also do not believe you can draw from his SSI benefits but you may be able to draw from his regular SS benefits if he had any, (after you reach 65-66 years of age).

Benefits for children (and their caretakers) are entirely different than benefits for healthy adults.

You can get answers to all your questions at your local SS office but not usually over the telephone.

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September 30, 20140 found this helpful

Hi - I reread my answer to your question and it sounds like I am "scolding" you and that was not my intention.

In my work I am so used to stating the "facts" that I sometimes forget that I am replying to "humans" when answering questions on this site.

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Please accept my apologies if I offended you with my answer.

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October 8, 20140 found this helpful

Doesn't this have to do with widow benefits? - completely unrelated to dependent benefits. Shouldn't somebody be able to help a widow?

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