Social Security Questions? Ask a Social Security Expert
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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,
is if he worked after age 62,
or can apply for widow benefits, or benefits from a spouse,
He worked more than part time until he was 78.
he may have added to his benefits, so he should apply based on his past work, he may have increased his amount,
He would not be eligible for benefits from my deceased mother
he would be able to apply for a widows benefit if it is higher than his
No, my mother did not contribute enough for him to collect.
How do I find out if he added to his benefits?
so his only option for higher benefits is to reapply and see if his part time work allowed him to increase his benefit
Will reapplying jeopardize his current benefits?
he can call 1-800-772-1213
no it would not have any affect on his current benefits
Can I call for him?
Will he need to be present, to authorize my calling on his behalf?
or he has to provide you a power of attorney
You can do it online for him as well
Applying online - obviously having to provide proof of income?
no they have his record
Anything else I should know about the process?
You can also go with him to a local social security office,
Good luck, if you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask.
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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.
that may be the best option
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