Spotlight on Survivor Benefits

Most people think of Social Security as their earned retirement benefit, and that is certainly true. But Social Security is so much more than just a retiree benefit for working Americans! Indeed, one of the most important aspects of Social Security is its ability to protect those who survive the primary income provider – a spouse, or a minor child.  The Social Security survivor benefit, while sometimes referred to as widow’s (or widower) benefits, actually provides for more than only a surviving spouse. If the deceased has surviving minor children, benefits are also available to them. In this Forbes article by contributor Jamie Hopkins, the author takes us through the basics of Social Security’s survivor benefit rules.

Also, if you’re unsure about your individual situation under Social Security or have questions about your personal benefit entitlements, note that the AMAC Foundation provides an independent free-to-the-public Social Security Advisory service to help Americans navigate the complexities of this program. Learn more about it here…

To read the Forbes article about Social Security survivor benefits, CLICK HERE.

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