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Bear Shannon

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Social Security
« on: November 04, 2016, 05:00:23 PM »
I turned 60 in April and am seriously thinking about collecting ss as a surviving spouse rather then wait until age 62. Anyone else go that route?
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marjoe

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Re: Social Security
« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2016, 05:09:20 PM »
I did, and I'm glad I did it.

Euf

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Re: Social Security
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2016, 07:36:02 PM »
I did it Barney.  I’m not sure it was the right thing to do or not.  But I started collecting Jims SS when I was 61. (When I retire, I can collect mine if it is more than Jim’s.)
Jim died at 48.  I am now 66.  I plan on working until my boss tells me I’m too senile to show up.  It’s hard to know what to do.  If Jim had lived, I would have retired at 62.
I’ve heard both sides of the argument.  Wait as long as you can or get it as soon as you can.
My dad retired at 62 and said “If I had known that I was going to live this long, I would have kept working”. He retired at 62, and what seemed like a lot of money then, eventually was not enough to live on.  By the time he died (age 92) his children were supporting him.
I guess that’s the problem. The answer only comes with hindsight.

Bear Shannon

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Re: Social Security
« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2016, 10:50:45 AM »
But I started collecting Jims SS when I was 61. (When I retire, I can collect mine if it is more than Jim’s.)

Laurie's uncle did the same which was a win-win for him.

My dad and his dad both retired at 62 and lived to be 95 (dad) and 94 (Grandpa) but I doubt I'll be as lucky.  ;)
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Peace ~ Bear

Laurie RIP (Married 1980 .. Widowed 2005)

"Grief can destroy you -- or focus you. You can decide a relationship was all for nothing if it had to end in death, and you alone. OR you can realize that every moment of it had more meaning than you dared to recognize at the time, so much meaning it scared you, so you just lived, just took for granted the love and laughter of each day, and didn't allow yourself to consider the sacredness of it."
~ Odd Thomas (Dean Kootnz)

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Re: Social Security
« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2016, 01:27:36 PM »
I turned 60 in April and am seriously thinking about collecting ss as a surviving spouse rather then wait until age 62. Anyone else go that route?

IIRC, Laurie had a lot more banked?  I guess you'd need to figure out the numbers.  You can always draw hers and switch to yours later, but I guess pay attention to how much hers might go up if you wait, if it does.  I know that drawing from hers doesn't affect yours at all.

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Rob T
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There was something fishy about the butler.  I think he was a Pisces, probably working for scale.

twin_mom

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Re: Social Security
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2016, 07:53:39 PM »
You can collect as a surviving a spouse then switch to yours at your retirement age, they are independent of each other. Now, whether to take yours early or at full retirement age is all a numbers game...

soloact

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Re: Social Security
« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2016, 12:36:18 PM »
Social Security Solutions Veterans Day appreciation is the use of their commercial claiming software at no charge for one day. The is a great way to thank our Vets.


http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/social-security-solutions-inc-provides-free-social-security-claiming-advice-for-servicemembers-this-veterans-day-300358427.html


soloact

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Re: Social Security
« Reply #7 on: November 07, 2016, 08:57:23 PM »
You can collect as a surviving a spouse then switch to yours at your retirement age, they are independent of each other. Now, whether to take yours early or at full retirement age is all a numbers game...

This item from Prudential may help. Leveraging survivor and retirement benefits can maximize lifetime benefits especially with DRC's.

http://research.prudential.com/view/page/rp/32262


twin_mom

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Re: Social Security
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2016, 07:35:30 AM »
That's a great article solo act.