Disabled Widow Benefits

Here for You When You Need Us Most

Dealing with the loss of a disabled spouse is a heartbreaking and traumatic experience. It can also be frightening and worrying – especially if you have relied on your spouse for financial support. Social Security benefits are available for qualifying widows, but in your time of grieving, you may not always be aware of exactly how you need to go about applying for these benefits.

Can you imagine how comforting it would be to have someone helping and guiding you? Making sure all the correct forms are filled in, that your application is filed on time, and that all the relevant follow up action is taken? This help and guidance is available to you. Our team of qualified and experienced Social Security attorneys is waiting to assist you.

How Does It Work?

The Disabled Widow’s Benefits program was established by Social Security in 1967, and the format is still the same today. Simply explained, the Disability Insurance Benefits that were granted to your spouse before he passed away, will be extended to you after his or her death. However, depending upon your age, you only receive a percentage of the full amount. Also, if you have paid in yourself, you only receive the higher of the two amounts. If the widow is the one who is disabled, he or she can claim a benefit at an earlier age, based on the deceased spouse’s earnings.

Do I Qualify?

To qualify to apply for Disabled Widow’s Benefits, you must comply with the following criteria:

  • Be between 50 and 60 years old
  • Have a disability which meets the definition of disability for adults
  • The disability must have started before or within seven years of the spouse’s death.

Widows aged 60 or older can receive benefits without establishing disability based on the earnings history of the deceased spouse as long as they remain unmarried..

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