Can I receive social security survivor benefits for myself as well as my children?

I am an unemployed widow with two dependent children in IL. I was a teacher and was laid off. I now collect unemployment benefits (as of June 2010). I was unable to collect surviving widow benefits last year because I was still working. Still, as of January 2011, I will have no earnings, so can I collect surviving widow benefits as of that date? Will I still be able to collect my unemployment? One of my children will be dropped from SS benefits when she turns 18 in May of 2011. Any and all information will be greatly appreciated!

Elgin, IL -

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Gerald Gregory Lutkenhaus

Gerald Gregory Lutkenhaus

Social Security Lawyers - Richmond, VA
Answered

Social Security survivors benefits can be paid to:

* A widow or widower -- full benefits at full retirement age, or reduced benefits as early as age 60
* A disabled widow or widower -- as early as age 50
* A widow or widower at any age if he or she takes care of the deceased's child who is under age 16 or disabled, and receiving Social Security benefits

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