I was told I need to pay back my survivor benefits since I also receive disability. What can I do?

Published: June 8, 2023

Full question: I received my widows benefits for 2 years. Then I was approved for disability and now they are telling me I have to pay all the widows benefits back because I couldn’t get both, but that wasn’t my fault.


You are in a very unique situation, and it is difficult for us to help you without further information such as your age and amounts of those benefits.

My first recommendation would be to get a second opinion from the Social Security Administration by speaking to a representative who can explain the exact rules that apply to your case.

Additionally, if you would like to speak directly with an RSSA and get personalized support, schedule a consultation here.

Best of luck,

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