Widows, widowers and Social Security benefits
Mary Beth Franklin, writing for Investment News, notes surviving spouses have more claiming options than other types of Social Security beneficiaries, but timing is crucial. As an example, full retirement age for survivor benefits may be different than the full retirement age for retirement benefits. Other complicated factors include multiple marriages and divorces. Franklin breaks these down and offers guidance on how best to file for Social Security in these circumstances in her full piece here.
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