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More Answers to Common Social Security Questions Oct. 26, 2016

Social Security and You

In last week's column, I tried to squeeze in as many concise answers as possible to some of the most... Read More

Commonly Asked Social Security Questions Oct. 19, 2016

Social Security and You

I've just looked back on my columns for the past several weeks and noticed I went off on some esoter... Read More

Reinvent Yourself Sep. 12, 2016

Dear Doug

Q: I am a widow in my 70s and becoming more and more addicted to turning on my TV when I awaken and ... Read More

Mommy Doesn't Know Best Aug. 23, 2016

Dear AnnieĀ®

Dear Annie: I am currently unemployed and living with my parents. Because I have a disability, I am ... Read More

Who Let the Dog In? Aug. 19, 2016

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: At a family gathering two years ago, my in-laws' dog attempted to bite my then 2-year-ol... Read More

Questions About Widow's Benefits Jul. 06, 2016

Social Security and You

Q: I understand paying benefits to widows. But I don't understand paying benefits to divorcees. A wo... Read More

Maximizing Strategy Can Lead to Medicare Mess Jun. 08, 2016

Social Security and You

Q: My wife signed up for Medicare when she was 65. But she didn't apply for Social Security benefits... Read More

Keep On Looking Apr. 17, 2016

Tales From the Front

We recently heard from Concerned Niece. Her aunt is a 60-year-old woman looking for romance with a m... Read More

Letting Go of Family Mar. 05, 2016

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: My husband passed away last month. His six children (who are my age) were never fans of ... Read More

Taking Benefits at 66 Means More Money for This Couple Feb. 24, 2016

Social Security and You

Q: My husband and I both will turn 66 in July. I have never worked outside the home, so I have no So... Read More

Long Gone Husband May Mean Extra Social Security to Some Jan. 20, 2016

Social Security and You

I gave a couple women very nice Christmas presents over the recent holiday season. And I'm not talki... Read More

Three Reasons to Switch to Your Own Social Security Nov. 25, 2015

Social Security and You

Q: I am about to turn 70, and I'm still working. When I was 66, I filed for widow's benefits on my h... Read More

Brotherly Love Nov. 12, 2015

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: I am a 12-year-old boy with a problem. My dad died when I was a baby, so it's just my mo... Read More

Flipped a Switch After Wedding Nov. 06, 2015

Classic Annie's Mailbox

Dear Annie: My 28-year-old son, "Jack," was married six weeks ago. He and his bride have known each ... Read More

Should You Jump on the Social Security Maximizing Bandwagon? Oct. 07, 2015

Social Security and You

If you are like me, almost every week your mailbox has at least a couple advertising fliers — ... Read More

Suddenly Alone -- Where Can You Turn for Help? Jun. 17, 2015

Ask Carrie

Dear Carrie: My husband died recently, and it's just me now. Who will look out for me if I have iss... Read More

Dear Friend Passed Away Apr. 15, 2015

Taking Stock

Dear Mr. Berko: A dear friend of mine passed away after an extended illness, and I agreed, pursuant ... Read More

When to Let Go Jun. 24, 2014

Jenny McCarthy

Dear Jenny: I recently started dating a widower. "John" lost his wife to cancer three years ago and ... Read More

Who Qualifies for Social Security Survivor Benefits? May. 28, 2014

Ask Carrie

Dear Carrie: I'm a 45-year-old widow with two children, ages 13 and 10. Since my husband passed awa... Read More

My Mom and the Lady Next Door Apr. 23, 2014

Social Security and You

I think it's time to once again share the story of my mom and the lady who lived in the big house di... Read More