Social Security Basics

Social Security is a federal government program designed in part to provide financial support to workers when they retire and are unable to earn an in ... read more
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A Social Security Do-Over?
In today's economy, with earlier retirement ages coupled with longer life expectancies, many senior citizens are worried they or their spouse will find themselves out of cash in what was supposed to be their golden years. Indeed, some retirees who start collecting their benefits early because they needed ... Read more

Government to Pay Social Security Back Benefits
The Social Security Administration (SSA) agreed to pay over $500 million to more than 200,000 people denied Social Security benefits because they were wrongly thought to be fleeing felons. Lawsuit Targets Fleeing Felon Practice Congress amended the Social Security Act in 1996 to authorize the withholding ... Read more

Social Security and the COLA Controversy
The federal government has reported that there will be no cost of living adjustment (COLA) on Social Security benefits for 2016. ... Read more

Claiming Social Security Benefits
There are three basic requirements for Social Security benefits. First, a person must file a written application with their district office or local representative. Second, the applicant must be fully insured, which simply means that the person has worked for the required number of quarters. If you were ... Read more

Life Changes and Your Social Security Benefits
There are three basic requirements for Social Security benefits. First, a person must file a written application with their district office or local representative. Second, the applicant must be fully insured, which simply means that the person has worked for the required number of quarters. If you were ... Read more

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I don't know how your mother's granddaughter would be entitled to Social Security benefits.  Even if your mother was her guardian, the child's mother is still alive, and the child would not be en ...Read more

Its gong to be really difficult to undo the choices your father made on his retirement. If your father has already passed away, that choice of allowing the benefits to go to your step mother is done a ...Read more

That is incorrect.  If you were married for at least 10 years prior to his death, you are entitled to his benefits.  If you did not live with him prior to his death, you are not entitled to ...Read more

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EX-SPOUSES’ RIGHTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT BENEFITS

EX-SPOUSES SHOULD TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEIR RIGHTS TO SOCIAL SECURITY SPOUSAL RETIREMENT OR WIDOW/WIDOWER BENEFITS AS A FORMER HUSBAND OR WIFE, IF YOU WERE MARRIED AT LEAST TEN YEARS AND HAVE REACH ... Read more

Social Security: Disabled Widow’s/Widower’s Benefits

Some individuals may qualify for benefits based upon their deceased spouse or deceased former spouse’s work record. This can be especially important for those individuals who did not have a regu ... Read more

Social Security Benefits Increase in 2017

Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits are adjusted annually to reflect any increase in the cost-of-living as measured by a change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI). For 2017, ... Read more

Baltimore Social Security Disability Lawyers: No Cost of Living Adjustment

For individuals collecting Social Security disability benefits, 2017 may be the second year in a row that they will not see a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). COLA is determined by the increase in in ... Read more

Critical Retirement Decisions as Boomers Hit Age 70

2016 is the year the first baby boomers will reach age 70. It is also the year for some critical decisions that will affect your retirement years. Here are some deadlines you won’t want to miss. ... Read more

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