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Social Security Basics Start with Your Social Security Statement

(link goes to the Social Security Administration’s Website)

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It all starts here.  You will need to know what your estimated monthly benefit will be.  The way to find out is to obtain a copy of your Social Security Statement from the Social Security Administration.  You can register and print a copy of your earnings history.  The statement will also show you what your projected benefit will be when you reach your Full Retirement Age.

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The Basics of Social Security Retirement

In this video we cover the basics of Social Security Retirement Benefits.  We will talk about:

  • How Your Benefits are Computed
  • Normal Retirement Age
  • Discounts for Early Retirement
  • Delayed Retirement Credits

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Download The Quick Reference Sheet on Your Benefits

This sheet will help you get started on the planning process.  It will help you identify your Normal Retirement age.  You can also see the impact of retiring early or delaying retirement on your benefits.

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If you are married (and even if you used to be married) spousal benefits may factor into your plans.  In this video we will talk about:

  • Do you qualify for spousal benefits
  • How your spousal benefits are determined
  • The impact of early retirement
  • The impact of delaying retirement

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In this video we discuss Social Security Benefits if you are divorced.

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This sheet talks about Spousal Benefits, how they work and what is required.  It also covers the rules for claiming spousal benefits based on a former spouse’s earnings.

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Survivor Benefits can be confusing.  This video explains the basics behind Social Security Survivor Benefits.

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Survivor benefits can be confusing.  This sheet covers the basics of survivor benefits.

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Understanding Your Social Security Benefits

Sometimes the best way to understand how Social Security will impact your retirement is to look at your unique situation.  Our experienced advisors can help you make a good decision for your and your family.

  • Look at benefits for you and your spouse (if married)
  • Help you evaluate different options by claiming your benefits at different ages.
  • Show you how your decision can impact your other retirement savings.

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