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Subject:  Re: A scary fact Date:  10/24/2012  12:03 PM
Author:  TMFPMarti Number:  18020 of 21722

I had been under the impression that the surviving spouse continued to collect 50% of the deceased's SS. I guess that's an incorrect impression.

It was. The surviving spouse gets the greater of his/her own benefit or the late spouse's benefit. There's also that ~$250 death benefit. Don't spend it all in one place.

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