Survivor's benefits: financial protection for your family

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You probably know the value of having life insurance to protect your family, but did you know that Social Security offers valuable income protection as well? If you are insured under Social Security at your death, your surviving spouse (or ex-spouse), your children, or dependent parents may be eligible for benefits based on your earnings record.

You also have survivor protection if you’re married and your insured spouse dies. If you’re caring for a child who is younger than age 16 or disabled and who is entitled to benefits, you may be entitled to widow’s benefits. You may also be entitled to benefits if you are age 60 or older (age 50 or older if you’re disabled).

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