Author: Russell Settle
Russell Settle on March 11, 2021
Can a woman who has never worked get the maximum spousal benefit if her husband files for benefits before his full retirement age?
Russell Settle on January 14, 2021
A widower asks about the wisdom of claiming Social Security survivors benefits at age 60.
Russell Settle on December 17, 2020
Can an adult daughter tap into her late mother’s benefit?
Russell Settle on December 3, 2020
A husband and wife want to get creative with how they claim Social Security retirement benefits. Can they do so?
Russell Settle on November 12, 2020
Understanding survivors benefits rules is the key to getting the most from your benefit.
Russell Settle on November 5, 2020
Social Security rules can be confusing. A little inexpensive help can straighten things out.
Russell Settle on October 15, 2020
A reader wonders whether his wife has to wait to get bigger benefits. Our expert has good news.
Russell Settle on October 8, 2020
The rules for survivor’s benefits can be confusing.
Russell Settle on September 3, 2020
A couple were unaware of their right to a bigger benefit. Can they ask for a do-over?
Russell Settle on August 13, 2020
Different rules for claiming apply, depending on the year you were born.
Russell Settle on August 6, 2020
Your birthdate determines whether you can use a lucrative Social Security strategy.
Russell Settle on July 9, 2020
Making the wrong decision can prove costly.
Russell Settle on June 11, 2020
A reader wonders if the Social Security earnings test will help or hurt her benefits payment.
Russell Settle on June 4, 2020
This week’s question underscores how asking for a little help can put more money in your pocket.
Russell Settle on May 21, 2020
Some people say it doesn’t matter at what age you decide to claim. They are wrong.
Russell Settle on May 7, 2020
It’s important to think about survivor’s benefits before deciding when to claim Social Security.
Russell Settle on April 9, 2020
A woman hopes to squeeze the most out of her spousal benefit.
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