Survivorship Benefit

Definition of "Survivorship benefit"

Retirement income benefit of a survivor (or survivors) of an insured individual, according to a particular formula. For example, if a retired male worker dies, all or a portion of his monthly pension (perhaps one half or two-thirds) may continue to go to his wife if he has elected the joint and survivor option. Survivors of a person entitled to Social Security benefits may also be entitled to receive a survivorship benefit. For example, a widower may get as much as 100% of his wife's benefits, if claimed at age 65 or over.


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