Social Security Matters:
Dear Rusty: I am 58 years old. My spouse passed away last year, and I am entitled to survivor benefits.
I am trying to plan for when I can retire from working, but don’t know if I should take my widow’s benefit or my own Social Security.
I called Social Security twice and have received two different answers. If I claim Social Security at 62, will I receive 70 or 80 percent of the full amount?
This makes a huge difference in deciding when I should retire. Signed: Widowed Worker
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