Will Claiming Survivors Benefits Hurt My Social Security Later?
Will Claiming Survivors Benefits Hurt My Social Security Later?

on January 14, 2021

A widower asks about the wisdom of claiming Social Security survivors benefits at age 60.

Am I Eligible for My Mother’s Social Security Benefit?
Am I Eligible for My Mother’s Social Security Benefit?

on December 17, 2020

Can an adult daughter tap into her late mother’s benefit?

Can I Take a Spousal Benefit Without Triggering My Own Social Security?
Can I Take a Spousal Benefit Without Triggering My Own Social Security?

on December 3, 2020

A husband and wife want to get creative with how they claim Social Security retirement benefits. Can they do so?

Can a Twice-Divorced Woman Claim Social Security Survivors Benefits?
Can a Twice-Divorced Woman Claim Social Security Survivors Benefits?

on November 12, 2020

Understanding survivors benefits rules is the key to getting the most from your benefit.

Does Being Married Less Than 10 Years Impact Social Security Benefits?
Does Being Married Less Than 10 Years Impact Social Security Benefits?

on November 5, 2020

Social Security rules can be confusing. A little inexpensive help can straighten things out.

Will My Wife’s Social Security Benefit Increase When I Turn 67?
Will My Wife’s Social Security Benefit Increase When I Turn 67?

on October 15, 2020

A reader wonders whether his wife has to wait to get bigger benefits. Our expert has good news.

Can I Add a Survivor’s Benefit to My Social Security Check?
Can I Add a Survivor’s Benefit to My Social Security Check?

on October 8, 2020

The rules for survivor’s benefits can be confusing.

Can We Claim Social Security Benefits Retroactively?
Can We Claim Social Security Benefits Retroactively?

on September 3, 2020

A couple were unaware of their right to a bigger benefit. Can they ask for a do-over?

Will I Qualify for the Maximum Ex-Spousal Social Security Benefit?
Will I Qualify for the Maximum Ex-Spousal Social Security Benefit?

on August 13, 2020

Different rules for claiming apply, depending on the year you were born.

Will the ‘One-Half’ Rule Slash My Social Security Benefit?
Will the ‘One-Half’ Rule Slash My Social Security Benefit?

on August 6, 2020

Your birthdate determines whether you can use a lucrative Social Security strategy.

When Can I Claim a Social Security Spousal Supplement?
When Can I Claim a Social Security Spousal Supplement?

on July 9, 2020

Making the wrong decision can prove costly.

Will My Husband’s Earnings Wreck My Social Security Check?
Will My Husband’s Earnings Wreck My Social Security Check?

on June 11, 2020

A reader wonders if the Social Security earnings test will help or hurt her benefits payment.

Can My Wife Claim Social Security Spousal Benefits When I Retire?
Can My Wife Claim Social Security Spousal Benefits When I Retire?

on June 4, 2020

This week’s question underscores how asking for a little help can put more money in your pocket.

Does It Really Matter When I Claim Social Security Benefits?
Does It Really Matter When I Claim Social Security Benefits?

on May 21, 2020

Some people say it doesn’t matter at what age you decide to claim. They are wrong.

Did a Social Security Staffer Give Me Bad — and Costly — Advice?
Did a Social Security Staffer Give Me Bad — and Costly — Advice?

on May 14, 2020

A Social Security representative breaks some bad news. But is he telling the truth?

What Happens to My Spouse If I Die Before Claiming Social Security?
What Happens to My Spouse If I Die Before Claiming Social Security?

on May 7, 2020

It’s important to think about survivor’s benefits before deciding when to claim Social Security.

How Do I Use ‘Restricted Application’ to Get More Social Security?
How Do I Use ‘Restricted Application’ to Get More Social Security?

on April 9, 2020

A woman hopes to squeeze the most out of her spousal benefit.

Will This Retirement Perk Ruin My Social Security Spousal Benefit?
Will This Retirement Perk Ruin My Social Security Spousal Benefit?

on March 15, 2020

An unsparing provision might strip a woman of her spousal benefit.

Can I Piggyback on My Ex-Wife’s Social Security Benefit?
Can I Piggyback on My Ex-Wife’s Social Security Benefit?

on February 20, 2020

Being divorced has some advantages when it comes to claiming Social Security benefits.

Can a Homemaker Get Social Security Benefits?
Can a Homemaker Get Social Security Benefits?

on February 13, 2020

When is a homemaker eligible for Social Security — and how much will she get?

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