The retirement “estimator” at Social Security’s SSA.gov site will give you a ballpark number for what you can expect in those benefits at retirement. <URL destination="http://www.ssa.gov/estimator">www.ssa.gov/estimator</CHARACTER>
</URL><CHARACTER style="Bold SansSerif">You can begin receiving Social Security payments at 62, but your checks will be bigger if you wait to a later age. tinyurl.com/Rethinking62
Legal Q&A forum Avvo.com has this older post on “rules for dealing with the Social Security Administration.” It includes tips on when to call the administration to avoid the longest waits. tinyurl.com/SSATips
More tips for going mano-a-mano with the Social Security Administration are available from the office of Illinois Legal Aid. tinyurl.com/SSAAdvice
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