How does Social Security work when a spouse or ex-spouse dies?

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By Jim Miller, columnist

Dear Savvy Senior,Who qualifies for Social Security survivor benefits? My ex-husband died last year, so I would like to find out if I or my 17-year-old daughter are eligible for anything?Divorced Survivor

Dear Divorced,If your ex-husband worked and paid Social Security taxes and you and/or your daughter meet the eligibility requirements, you may very well be eligible for survivor benefits, but you should act quickly because benefits are generally retroactive only ...

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