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Social Security Changes Bring an End to 'File and Suspend'

Paul Solman | Posted 03.02.2016 | Home
Paul Solman

Readers about to take Social Security beware. The rules for maximizing your benefits have changed radically. And April 29 is a date to be especially aware of.

Social Security for Two: What Every LGBT Couple Needs to Know Now

David Rae | Posted 08.20.2016 | Home
David Rae

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes figuring out what the hell to do about Social Security. Retirement planning can be quite complicated for anyone, but the newness of Social Security options for LGBT couples find some of us unprepared.

How Will the Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Impact Employers?

Julie Stich | Posted 06.26.2016 | Home
Julie Stich

The case, Obergefell v. Hodges, a composite of four lower-court cases involving four states--Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky--has ramifications for employers and employees in all states.

Yes, There Are Retirement Benefits For A Nonworking Spouse

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 06.13.2016 | Money
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

A little planning can help maximize the total benefit for your household. And why not? You've earned it!

Update on Post-DOMA 'Meet the Feds' Round 2: Social Security

Judy Rickard | Posted 02.02.2016 | Home
Judy Rickard

Whew! And wow! It took an online application that I did on a Saturday, an office visit and a follow-up office visit, and now Karin is taken care of for Social Security and Medicare! We are thrilled that this trailblazing went so smoothly and happened without a lot of hassle.

Social Security Statements Now Available Online

Jason Alderman | Posted 11.06.2012 | Money
Jason Alderman

When Social Security calculates your benefits you could be shortchanged; or, if your earnings were over-reported, you could end up owing the government money.

Taking Social Security's Best Deal

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 05.12.2012 | Money
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Over lunch the other day, a friend told me, out of the blue, that I wouldn't believe how complicated Social Security benefit-taking rules are. He then told me he'd figured out how to get the most from the system for himself and his wife Karen.

Social Security Looms for Baby Boomers

Jason Alderman | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home
Jason Alderman

The first Baby Boomers begin turning 65 in 2011, which means they'll soon be tapping Social Security. If you haven't yet investigated how this program works, this may be a good time to learn the ropes.

The Unnoticed Effects of DOMA

Fred Silberberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Fred Silberberg

Until DOMA is repealed, "Equal Justice Under Law," the inscription on the building which houses the United States Supreme Court, will have no meaning.

Friday Talking Points [79] -- Judicial Activism And Bias

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Chris Weigant

"Judicial activism" (or, alternatively, "legislating from the bench") is defined -- no matter what your political beliefs -- as "judges not ruling the...