3 Social Security Benefits You Could Be Eligible For—But Not Know It

Many people believe that Social Security will contact them if or when they qualify for a benefit, or a change in benefits. Too often, this is not the case. By policy, Social Security staff are trained not to advise us on how to get the most from our benefits. Instead, they just answer our questions, and sign us up. Here are a few examples of what I mean...

How Your Ex-Spouse Can Help You Claim Extra Social Security

Millions of baby boomers qualify for valuable Social Security claiming options that can provide tens of thousands of dollars in additional benefits. Yet most will never receive these benefits, even though they qualify for them. How can this be so? It’s because there are so many rules, they are complicated, and people don’t understand how they work.

Get the Most From Your Social Security With a “Do-Over”

Most people think that Social Security is “set-it-and-forget-it”: Once you start up your benefits it’s a “done deal” from there on. Unfortunately, most of us “set-it-and-forget-it” without first understanding how the program works. The result is usually a costly loss in cumulative lifetime benefits. Yet our initial claim doesn’t have to always result in a “done deal”: This is a mistaken impression that leads to all manner of errors...and loss in benefits.