Applying for Benefits
How do I switch from survivor benefits to my own retirement benefits?
Full question: Currently, I am collecting survivor benefits (wife deceased). I am 69 and I want to switch to my own Social Security benefits as it is much higher. What is the form name/number that I must complete? What information/documentation will I need to provide? (I have spent time looking for this information on the…Read More
How do I withdraw my Social Security application?
Full question: Hi Martha, I applied for SSI a month ago but then decided that I wanted to cancel the process so I went to the Social Security office and the person that spoke to me told me that he couldn’t do it, that I needed a telephone appointment to do that. I have read…Read More
How do I apply for Social Security at 62 and how long will it take to start receiving payments?
Full question: When I turn 62, how do I start my Social Security benefit? And how long after applying for benefits, will it be direct deposited? Hello, When you are ready to begin collecting benefits you should always apply 2-3 months prior! Once you apply for benefits, it usually takes the Social Security Administration 4…Read More
When should I apply for my Social Security benefits?
Full question: I will be 62 in 8 months, when should I apply for Social Security? Hi there, Everyone has a unique situation when it comes to collecting Social Security. There are many factors to consider when deciding the best time for an individual to file for benefits including, but not limited to life expectancy,…Read More
How do I cancel my Social Security application?
Full question: How do I cancel my SSI application? Hello there, To begin, I want to clarify that SSI stands for Supplemental Security Income, not Social Security Income. The SSI acronym is commonly mistaken for Social Security. To cancel your SSI (Supplemental Security Income) application, fill out Social Security Form SSA-521. Include the reason you…Read More
When do the 12 months to re-do an application begin?
Full question: For the 12 months to re-do application, I am confused about exactly when it starts. Count from the first month retirees start collecting benefits or from the first month of applying? Hello, If you change your mind about starting your benefits, you can cancel your application for up to 12 months after you…Read More