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Be Prepared – Social Security

I got an email from a woman who had recently filed for widow’s benefits. She was writing to tell me that the process went very smoothly, and her benefits started within weeks of her application. She said one of the reasons things went so well is that she had done her homework and was prepared

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Reduced Benefits Explained – Social Security

Photo courtesy of DepositPhotos Before I start today’s column — a word of warning. It’s going to involve a lot of messy math, and I don’t like math. To be more precise, I don’t like including too much math in my column because I’ve learned over the years that putting lots of numbers in a

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Women Married to Jerks – Social Security and You

If my emails are any indication, there sure are a lot of rotten husbands out there! That’s why I keep telling my wife she should fall down on her knees everyday and thank her lucky stars that she got one of the good guys. OK, I really don’t do that. In fact, if I did

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Social Security Benefits for Widows

Social Security Benefits for Widows I’ve saved up some questions that are either from widows or from husbands or wives wondering about future widow’s benefits. Here are some of them. Q: I want to make sure my wife gets the highest widow’s benefits possible after I’m gone. How do I do that? A: If that’s

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A Social Security Pop Quiz

OK, class. You’ve been reading my column for a number of years now. It’s time to see how much you’ve learned. So put on your thinking caps, get out your No. 2 pencils, and good luck with this short pop quiz. QUESTION 1: How many years of earnings are used to compute a Social Security

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You’re Not Being Cheated by Social Security

I guess there just must be something about the human psyche that makes so many people feel they’re being cheated out of something that everyone else gets. And if my emails are any indication, that’s especially true when it comes to older adults and Social Security. So many of them seem to be convinced that