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I am going to retire the end of April and want to apply for

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I am going to retire the end of April and want to apply for social security benefits to start in May. I want to collect my deceased husband's benefits. How do I apply to do this. I think I would feel more comfortable talking to someone face to face.
JA: These retirement benefits are supposed to help us but they can be so complicated! The Retirement Expert will help you get the most benefits propertly. Is there anything else important you think the Retirement Accountant should know?
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Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  ABC Accounting Group replied 9 months ago.

Hi. Great Question. Sorry for your loss.

There are three ways to do this:

You can apply in person - the local offices can be found using the following link:

https://secure.ssa.gov/ICON/main.jsp

ring the following documents in with you:

  • Spouse's death certificate;
  • Your birth certificate or other proof of birth;
  • Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status if you were not born in the United States
  • U.S. military discharge paper(s) if you had military service before 1968;
  • W-2 forms(s) and/or self-employment tax returns for last year, if applicable
  • Marriage certificate

Let me know if you have any questions.