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Delaying Social Security May Not Always Be the Best Option

Seniors should carefully consider the start date for receiving Social Security benefits.

While delaying Social Security benefits is often considered the best option, it is not the best option for everyone as Wills, Trusts & Estates Prof Blog recently discussed in "Considerations To Chew Over When Choosing When To Take Social Security" including:

  • Monthly benefits are determined based on actuarial data and average life expectancy. While you can receive more money per month by delaying benefits, your expected total lifetime amount will be the same on average whenever you start benefits.
  • Your health and your family's health history can play a key role in the decision. If you are in poor health or you have a family history of serious health problems in retirement, then it might be better to take benefits sooner rather than later.
  • Your current financial situation is also very important. If you need money now, then taking benefits as soon as you are eligible is a good idea. However, if you do not need the money or plan to continue working for a few years, then delaying benefits is often a better idea.

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