Glossary W

waiver of recovery – A waiver requested by a Social Security recipient when she has received an overpayment and feels that it would be too difficult to pay it back. This waiver must be requested within 60 days of receiving the notice of overpayment.   

Widow’s Benefits – Social Security insurance benefits provided to surviving spouses after the death of a fully insured recipient. The amount is approximately equal to the amount the decedent had received, subject to certain reductions.   

will – A written document which allows a person to control the distribution of his property after his death.