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I can answer questions about Social Security eligibility, benefits and income taxation. I cannot answer questions about employer pensions, 401(k)s, IRAs or other private retirement funds.

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During my career, I counseled the elderly about Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid benefits.


B.A., Bowdoin College, History and French M.S., University of Southern Maine, Health Policy and Management J.D., New York University School of Law

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2016-10-18 Social Security:

Roberta,    Married or divorced after 10 years or more, you are entitled to spousal benefits. However, if you retired at your full retirement age, your spousal benefits are only equal to 50% of your ex-spouse's

2016-07-19 Social Security:

Vicki,    As long as you remain unmarried, in the scenario you describe, you would be entitled to $350 in benefits in addition to the $850 in benefits you would receive based on your own record.    See

2016-04-24 retirement:

Jackie,    I am sorry to hear about your sister's medical condition. Unfortunately, I cannot comment about military benefits because I know nothing about them.    An ex-spouse can collect disability benefits

2016-04-21 Social Security Retiement:

Sallie,    You should be aware that your benefits will be much lower if you start to collect them at age 62 (32.5% of your spouse's benefits) than if you wait until your full retirement age (50% of your

2016-01-13 Ex spouse ssa benefit denied:

Johnnie,    You should contact your local security office by telephone and explain that you think an error has occurred. To find your local office, go to this website (


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