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Old 03-24-2016, 08:32 AM
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My husband died in August 2015 and then my company was sold and all of the Corporate office people were let go. I am 64 so I decided to sign up foe Social Security on my husbands record and let my benefits on my record continue to build. I applied on March 10th for benefits starting in Feb. I was told I would get my first benefit check for March and April in April. Does this sound correct?
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Old 03-24-2016, 12:03 PM
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Sorry for your loss.

It might not come quite that quick. It took about 3 months for me to get my first check after applying.
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Old 03-24-2016, 01:02 PM
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The month your first check appears may be influenced by your husbands birthday, since your SS survivor benefit is being claimed under his record.

And the date your application is processed.

if your husband's birthday is..
1st- 10th of month, check is sent on 2nd Wednesday
11th - 20th of month, check is sent 3rd Wednesday
21th - 31th, check is sent 4th Wednesday

so if your check date was early, you will get first check the next month
I applied for survivor benefit early Dec 2015 to start benefit Jan 1, 2016
My wife's birthday was the 28th.
Got first check, Feb 24 for Jan (Checks are 1 month behind benefit)

Remember, you are under full retirement age.
So if you are paid more than $15,720, you will be withheld $1 for every $2 over 15,720 of benefit (but you get it back when you get to FRA.)
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