If I draw $1200 in Social Security and my wife draws $3000 in Social Security benefits, would I be eligible for her benefit of $3000 if she dies first?
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The maximum monthly Social Security benefit payment for a person retiring in 2016 at full retirement age is $2,639. However, the maximum allowable benefit amount is only payable to those who had the maximum taxable earnings for at least 35 working years.
The monthly amount you would get is a percentage of the deceased's basic Social Security benefit. It depends on your age and the type of benefit you would be eligible to receive.
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