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Eligibility For Benefits

What Benefits Would My Son And I Be Eligible For If His Father Becomes Disabled?

My son who is 22 autistic and bipolar is going to a Social Security hearing in May 2021. It’s heavily documented it so I think he will get it. He was diagnosed in the fifth grade And 4 other times by clinical psychologists. He is severely impaired and cannot hold a part time or full time job. I divorced in Aug. 2019. I am pretty sure my ex-husband who will be 62 in August has dementia, bipolar, or both??I have depression, had a knee replacement in December 2018, have been the primary caretaker of my autistic son and I’m not in great mental or physical health.

Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 09:57

Why Can't I Collect My Own Benefits If I'm Drawing Spousal Benefits?

Larry, I was told by the ss admin, that I could not receive my spousal retirement and my own retirement simultaneously....or ever. This seems to me to be like theft. I was told that although, I am eligible for both, I would have to choose the larger amount. My thing is if I am eligible for both, how is social security legally withholding my retirement benefits that I paid in on. I receive my spousal retirement, but not my own....and that just isnt fair anyway I look at it.


Monday, September 14, 2020 - 07:49

Does The Payment That My Partner Received In The Month Of Her Death Need To Be Returned To Social Security?

my partner received her ssd check on the 3rd of the month she died on the 31st of tje same month does that check need to be returned to the ss office


I'm sorry for your loss. Assuming that the check was cashed prior to your partner's death or if it was paid electronically, that payment would not need to be returned to Social Security.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - 08:22

Are There Any SS Benefits For Me?

Hi Larry,
I was married to my first husband for19 years. He inherited a large trust fund (20 million) just after we married. he never worked after that so during our entire marriage it is my understanding that he never paid into social security. I was a stay at home mom. I am divorced and turning 65 in Dec. Are there any SS benefits for me?

Thank you


Friday, September 4, 2020 - 15:02

Why Can't I Receive My Husband's Benefit Along With My Disability?

I am 65, almost 66. My husband passed away May 2015, at 65. I was getting $671 a month in widow benefits until October of last year. I have been on disability since October of last year. I was told that I can't get widow benefits and disability together. I had to pick one or the other. I don't understand why I can't receive his benefit along with my disability. It is two different things. It's confusing to me because others have told me that I should be able to get the survivors benefit as well.

Saturday, July 18, 2020 - 11:53

Could My New Wife And Step Children Receive Benefits On My Record?

im 73 yo male collecting full benefits...looking to get a divorce and remarrying . a divorcee with 2 small children ages 4 and 7..will my ss benefits assist me in raising the 2 children and new wife..they are not from the united states..and if i passed away later in life will they be able to benefit from my ss... thank you..


Monday, December 4, 2017 - 07:25

What Benefits Is My Ex Eligible to Receive?

Hi, my ex-wife, born July, 1950 to whom I was married for 23 years, had to file for social security disability at 64 1/2. She turned 66 July 1 which made her eligible for divorced spouse benefit 50% of my full retirement age benefit. The social security office first said it could not be done because she was disability, but after consulting with supervisor agreed. They processed the application wrong under both records and now say she does not have the spousal only benefit because she had already received disability. Could you help us prepare for her appeal? Thanks, John

Sunday, July 10, 2016 - 20:45

What Benefits Are My Wife And I Eligible For?

Dear Larry,
I am presently 69 years old and have lived and worked outside of the US for about 45 years. I last worked for an American company in 1977 and have been employed by non-US companies subsequently. As a result of my foreign employment, I was unable to contribute to Social Security after 1977 (even if I wanted to)!
I have, however, accumulated the necessary number of quarters of employment prior to 1977 to qualify fully for Social Security benefits, which I intend to apply for upon turning 70-1/2.

Thursday, July 7, 2016 - 10:45
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