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My father first applied for social security at age 62. He

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My father first applied for social security at age 62. He is now 82. Could he be eligible for a higher amount benefit?

retirementlawyer :

Hello and welcome. My name isXXXXX am a Licensed practicing attorney and my goal is to provide you with excellent service today.

retirementlawyer :

Under the law once a person applies for benefits at 62 they face an early penalty of 30% that does not go away, the only way he can apply for a higher amount,

retirementlawyer :

is if he worked after age 62,

retirementlawyer :

or can apply for widow benefits, or benefits from a spouse,

Customer:

He worked more than part time until he was 78.

retirementlawyer :

he may have added to his benefits, so he should apply based on his past work, he may have increased his amount,

Customer:

He would not be eligible for benefits from my deceased mother

retirementlawyer :

he would be able to apply for a widows benefit if it is higher than his

Customer:

No, my mother did not contribute enough for him to collect.

Customer:

How do I find out if he added to his benefits?

retirementlawyer :

so his only option for higher benefits is to reapply and see if his part time work allowed him to increase his benefit

Customer:

Will reapplying jeopardize his current benefits?

retirementlawyer :

he can call 1-800-772-1213

retirementlawyer :

no it would not have any affect on his current benefits

Customer:

Can I call for him?

retirementlawyer :

yes,

Customer:

Will he need to be present, to authorize my calling on his behalf?

retirementlawyer :

yes,

retirementlawyer :

or he has to provide you a power of attorney

retirementlawyer :

You can do it online for him as well

Customer:

Applying online - obviously having to provide proof of income?

retirementlawyer :

no they have his record

Customer:

Anything else I should know about the process?

retirementlawyer :

You can also go with him to a local social security office,

retirementlawyer :


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Customer:

Good to know. He much prefers to deal with a real person. For instance, he won't make a deposit at an ATM - wants that receipt from a real person.

retirementlawyer :

that may be the best option

Customer:

I am quite satisfied. Thank you so much!

retirementlawyer :

good luck, and thank you

Customer:

Should I rate now? I'm completely satisfied.

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