I recently wrote about the “Ask an Expert” series on Social Security being published on the New York Times Bucks Blog. The seventh and final set of questions and answers has been published today.
I recommend that you pay a visit as an educational experience. At the end of the final part in the series are links to parts one through six.
It is difficult to understand the nuances of Social Security retirement benefits. This is particularly the case if the interests of a spouse are involved.
The author of the series makes repeated references to the helpful expertise of employees of the Social Security Administration. I have no personal experience with that. I have spent a lot of time reading on the Social Security website. While it is loaded with helpful information, it is not easy to find all of it. In fact, one of the questions submitted to the expert was where one could find more in-depth reading materials about Social Security planning and strategy. According to the answer, there just isn’t much available that’s accessible by a non-professional.
Here is the link to the final Social Security Q&A: Answers About Social Security: Part 7