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 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 30, 2021 

Should She Claim Disability or Take Her Social Security Survivor Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Disability vs. Survivor Benefit Dear Rusty: I have a question regarding Social Security. I'm 54 and applying for disability. I've had rheumatoid arthritis since I was 19. My son, 16...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 30, 2021 

Can a Wife and Minor Children Collect Social Security Based on Their Father?

Ask Rusty – Should I Claim Family Benefits? Dear Rusty: I was born in 1956 and my wife in 1961. I've got 45 years of SSA earnings, and I will have income in 2021. We have 4 minor children, the young...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 12, 2021

How Should I Decide When to Claim My Survivor's Social Security Benefit?

Ask Rusty – When Should I Claim My Survivor Benefit? Dear Rusty: My wife passed away in 2014. I'm 60 years old and have been retired since August 2020. I know I'm entitled to survivor benefits, but...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    July 8, 2021

How Long Do You Have to Be Married to Qualify for Survivor Social Security Benefits When a Spouse Passes Away?

Dear Rusty: My husband and I were only married 5 years before he passed away from cancer. I am 61 and was told by SS that I don't qualify to receive his survivor benefits because we weren't married...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 30, 2021

When a Spouse Passes Away, Should You Claim the Spouse's Benefit or the Survivor Benefit and Difference?

Dear Rusty: When my father passed away and we went to update my mother's Social Security benefits, a question arose that I was confused by. We were asked "Do you want to claim just your father's...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 28, 2021

Is There Any Way to Collect a Higher Social Security Benefit As You Get Older?

Ask Rusty – Can I Get a Higher Benefit Now Because I'm Older? Dear Rusty: I started getting Social Security at age 62 and I am now 77. Can I get a higher benefit now that I'm older? Signed: Needy...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 11, 2021

Will Pensions from Foreign Countries Affect Your Social Security Benefits?

Ask Rusty – Will My UK Pension Affect My US Social Security? Dear Rusty: I am 57 years old, was born in the UK, and since 1988 have worked in the US. I have always paid US taxes and Social...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    June 7, 2021

Will Earnings from a State Pension Affect Social Security Benefits?

Ask Rusty – Will My Retirement Benefits Be Cut Because of My State Pension? Dear Rusty: I took early retirement at 20 years from the Louisiana public school system in 1996. Since then, I have...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    People    May 28, 2021

Should a Wife Claim a Social Security Spousal Benefit Now or Wait Until Full Retirement Age to Collect her Own?

Ask Rusty – Should My Wife Wait Until Age 70 to Claim? Dear Rusty: I'm 74 and receiving my Social Security benefits. My wife is 68 and we are delaying her benefits until she's 70. But I read an...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 24, 2021

Will Applying for Disability Affect Your Social Security Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Will Applying for SS Disability Hurt SS Retirement Benefit? Dear Rusty: My husband turns 65 later this month. He has started having health issues - so much so that we are thinking about...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 17, 2021

When is the Best Time to Collect Social Security?

Ask Rusty – When Is the Best Time to Claim Social Security? Dear Rusty: I will be 64 in May of this year, and I'd like to know the best time to claim Social Security. Signed: Anxious to Retire Dear...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    May 7, 2021

What to do if Your Social Security Card is Incorrect

Ask Rusty – My Social Security Card Is Incorrect – What Should I Do? Dear Rusty: My sister and I have the same first and last names but are distinguished by our "middle" names. Our last name consi...

 

Will Taking 401K Distributions Affect My Social Security Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Will Taking 401K Distributions Affect My Social Security Benefit? Dear Rusty: I'm 63 and retired from work, but not drawing Social Security. I have accumulated just over $300,000 in my r...

 

Can I Claim My Social Security Early and Switch to Spousal Benefits Later?

Ask Rusty – Can I Claim My SS Now and Switch to Spouse Benefits Later? Dear Rusty: I am 62 and have been a homemaker for much of my adult life. I have a small Social Security account from working...

 

When Can I Collect My Ex-Spouse's Social Security?

Ask Rusty – When Can I Get Benefits from My Ex-spouse? Dear Rusty: I know that I am able to get Social Security from my ex-husband. We were married for 16 years and I have not remarried. I will be...

 

Can a Widow Switch to Her Husband's Higher Social Security Benefit Level?

Ask Rusty – Will My Widow's Benefit Replace My Own SS? Dear Rusty: My husband is 76, retired for 4 years, and receiving Social Security. I am only 59 and still working. We are both in good health...

 

Will Inheritance Money Affect My Social Security?

Ask Rusty – Will Inheritance Money Affect My Social Security? Dear Rusty: I will turn 66 this year and am considering claiming my Social Security. I have already applied for Medicare. My parents...

 

Ask Rusty – Claiming Social Security Now to Preserve Savings

Dear Rusty: One of the big pieces of the Social Security puzzle that everyone seems to miss is the protection of other retirement funds. If I did not take SS, I would have to dip into my retirement...

 

Does Paying FICA Tax Now Increase My Benefit?

Ask Rusty – Does Paying FICA Tax Now Increase My Benefit? Dear Rusty: If a person retires at age sixty-six and continues to work full time, Social Security taxes are still taken out of his weekly...

 
 By Rusty Gleer    Lifestyle    March 8, 2021

Can You Work While Collecting Early Social Security?

Dear Rusty: I will be 65 in August of this year. If I start drawing Social Security on my 65th birthday, how will my Social Security check be affected if I continue working at my full-time job, and...

 

Should I Claim Social Security Now or Wait Until I'm 70?

Ask Rusty – Should I Claim Social Security Now or Wait Until I'm 70? Dear Rusty: I'm currently 67 years old and still working full time. I took a big financial hit in 2008, which is why I'm still...

 

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