My husband died. Am I entitled to his social security benefits?
my husband recently passed away am i entitled to his benefits he has never collected social security
This information is provided by the SSA at their website.
You are entitled to widow(er)'s insurance benefits on a worker's Social Security record if the following conditions are met:
1. You are either (1) age 60 or over; or (2) at least age 50 but not age 60 and disabled (as defined in §515) and you meet the disability-related requirements in §513;
NOTE: A widow(er) age 60-64 and under a disability is entitled to disabled widow(er)'s benefits for Medicare purposes.
2. The worker died fully insured (see §203.1);
3. You are not entitled to a retirement insurance benefit that is equal to or larger than the worker's primary insurance amount;
4. You have filed an application for widow(er)'s insurance benefits (see §405 for exceptions and see §1511 for completing application forms);
5. You are not married or your marriage can be disregarded (see § 406 for exceptions); and
6. One of the following conditions is met:
1. You were married to the deceased worker for at least the nine months just before the worker died (see §404 for exceptions);
2. You are the mother or father of the worker's son or daughter (this requirement is met if a live child was born to you and the worker, even if the child did not survive) (see §411);
3. You legally adopted the worker's son or daughter during your marriage and before the child reached age 18 (see §329);
4. You were married to the worker when you both legally adopted a child under age 18;
5. The worker legally adopted (as defined in §329) your son or daughter during your marriage and before the child reached age 18; or
6. In the month before the month you married the deceased worker, you were entitled or potentially entitled to either (1) spouse's, widow(er)'s, father's (based on the record of a fully insured worker), mother's (based on the record of a fully insured worker), parent's, or childhood disability benefits on the record of a fully insured individual under the Social Security Act; or (2) widow(er)'s, child's (age 18 or over), or parent's insurance annuity under the Railroad Retirement Act.