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Old 04-06-2013, 07:37 PM   #21
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I can't get there any more because I'm already collecting, but there was a place on the ssa.gov site where you input all of your annual earnings and you could get an estimate of what your benefit would be. You have to register now and I have no idea where that particular site was. It wasn't hard to find. You can probably do it at the office too. It is MUCH more useful than the report you get annually. Call before you go to the office to find out when they aren't too busy

Try What You Can Do Online and go to "estimate your future benefits". I think you'll probably find it there. They have changed the website and updated everything since I last looked at it.
Thanks for the info; I'll look into it.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:32 PM   #22
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[QUOTE=Ed_The_Gypsy;1297495]You could have the conversation, take down references, make notes, and track it down afterwards on-line for verification. It seems worth checking into.

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But if I don't have it in writing, they could say anything and later on deny it, I guess.
Your rights with the SSA are established only by statue and regulations. No SSA employee has authority to bind the SSA further by presenting incorrect information, not matter how convincingly you document that misinformation. Same with all other govt agencies, for that matter.
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Old 04-07-2013, 05:14 AM   #23
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But were you married to the _____ for 10 years? I'm thinking it was more than 6 months after she ran off with him that you divorced. You should have drawn out those divorce proceedings.
I didn't know about the SS issue at the time. Although I tried to make the marriage work when I found out what she was doing I got rid of her within 3 months. So close.

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Old 04-07-2013, 06:30 AM   #24
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This is the second time in the last several months I have seen someone reference a detailed, month-by-month printout from social security. Do I understand you correctly - you went and talked to folks in person at the local SS office, and they were able to provide you with this month-by-month breakdown? If this is the case, it sounds much more useful than the report I access annually on the social security website, which only shows what I would receive at 62, at FRA, or at 70. This would definitely be worth a trip to my local office if they can provide this detailed information.
Yes. It is called a Benefit Matrix. They gave me one on my deceased wife's account and one on my account. Each is a two page report. It lists the amount I would get if I start withdrawal for each month from the month it was generated until I reach FRA on my wife's account and until I reach 70 on my account. It is kind of hard to read, but the info is there. Make sure they explain how to read it.
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Old 04-07-2013, 12:24 PM   #25
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Yes. It is called a Benefit Matrix. They gave me one on my deceased wife's account and one on my account. Each is a two page report. It lists the amount I would get if I start withdrawal for each month from the month it was generated until I reach FRA on my wife's account and until I reach 70 on my account. It is kind of hard to read, but the info is there. Make sure they explain how to read it.
Thanks very much for your reply - it's very helpful to have the exact name of the report!
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