If a client dies, can wife take spousal benefit while letting widow's benefit grow? A 62-year-old wife who is collecting a Social Security spousal benefit on her 71-year-old husband will not be able to continue collecting upon his death, according to Forbes. That's when she will be shifted to a widow's benefit. The widow's benefit will be reduced if the husband dies before she turns 66, but it will be 100% of the husband's retirement benefit if his death occurs after she reaches her full retirement age.
The top retirement fears, and how to tackle them A survey has found that running out of savings tops the list of concerns that people have about retirement, according to this article on CBS Moneywatch. Many respondents also fear that they would no Social Security benefits, or reduced benefits, by the time they retire. Others are concerned that they would need long-term care because of health issues, the survey found. Cognitive decline and lack of adequate and affordable health care were also cited by more than a quarter of the poll participants.
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