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Category: Social Security
Satisfied Customers: 12691
Experience:  Law Degree, specialization in Tax Law and Corporate Law, CFP and MBA, Providing Financial, Social Security & Tax advice since 1986
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I received 2 letters from SS reporting that my new

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Thank you. I received 2 letters from SS reporting that my new retirement benefit would be $1,910. , which I did receive. The 2nd letter said that I would also receive $1,200 a month in widow benefits and I have not yet
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. Please tell me more, so we can help you best.
Customer: received that check. Any information regarding my total amount is appreciated. Sincerely,
JA: Is there anything else the Retirement Accountant should be aware of?
Customer: Judit Jones
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Social Security
Expert:  Lane replied 1 month ago.

Hi My name’s Lane - I hold a law degree (J.D.), with concentration in Tax Law, Estate law & Corporate law, an MBA in finance, a BBA, and CFP & CRPS (Chartered Retirement Plans Specialist) designations, as well - I’ve been providing financial, Social Security/Medicare, estate, corporate, non-profit, and tax advice 1986.


I'm so sorry to be the messenger here, but we can't "stack benefits," as Social Security calls it. Social Security will ALWAYS take a recipient UP TO the higher benefit (by paying a combination of the two benefits that takes one to the higher level) but they will not add two benefits together (stack on top of each other)

Expert:  Lane replied 1 month ago.

You can read more about this here:


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