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How does a name change affect Social Security benefits?
Whenever you change your name, be sure to report the change to us. Otherwise, we may not record your earnings properly and you may not receive all the benefits you are due. To report a name change, fill out an Application for a Social Security Card (Form SS-5).
Will changing my last name affect my disability?
If Social Security is unaware of a name change it could delay the processing of a disability claim. Some people may think that if they go through the legal process to change their name that Social Security will be notified, but this is not the case. You must change your legal name with Social Security directly.
Can I get 2 Social Security checks?
When you are eligible for two Social Security benefits — such as a survivor benefit and a retirement payment — Social Security doesn’t add them together but rather pays you the higher of the two amounts. If that’s the retirement benefit, then the retirement benefit is all you’ll get.
Can I take my social security in a lump sum?
The little-known lump-sum Social Security option Most people claim their benefits from Social Security simply by asking the government to start mailing monthly checks. So if your full retirement age is 67, then you’ll qualify for the six-month maximum if you request a lump sum any time after you turn 67 1/2.
How long does it take Social Security to process a name change?
Individuals often ask, how long does it take to change your name on a Social Security card? The answer depends on the backlog at the SSA. Normally, it takes two to six weeks for the SSA to mail your new card, along with returning any supporting documentation. For this reason, don’t wait to initiate the process.
Do you have to tell Social Security when you change your name?
If you legally change your name because of marriage, divorce, court order or any other reason, you must tell Social Security so you can get a corrected card. You cannot apply for a card online. There is no charge for a Social Security card.
What happens to your Social Security benefits when you die?
Your family members may receive survivors benefits if you die. If you are working and paying into Social Security, some of those taxes you pay are for survivors benefits. Your spouse, children, and parents could be eligible for benefits based on your earnings.
What happens if I change my mind after applying for Social Security?
If you change your mind within one year of claiming Social Security, then you can withdraw your original Social Security application. To do so, you’ll need to return any money you’ve received from Social Security so far.
Can a former spouse of a deceased person get Social Security?
You will not receive a survivor benefit in addition to your own retirement benefit; Social Security will pay the higher of the two amounts. If you are the divorced former spouse of a deceased Social Security recipient, you might qualify for survivor benefits on his or her work record.