The Social Security Administration recommends applying for Social Security benefits three months before a person wants to receive benefits. The earliest date for applying is at age 61 and nine months. If a person is alre... More » Business & Finance Financial Planning

To apply for Social Security benefits, fill out and submit an online application form. The process only takes a few minutes to complete. More »

Those who wish to apply for Social Security Disability Insurance, or SSDI, benefits can do so online at the official website, by calling The SSDI toll-free number or by visiting a local Social Security office. A TTY numb... More » Business & Finance Insurance Health Insurance

The Social Security Administration uses a person's highest-earning annual income over the course of 35 years, and then uses a formula by applying those figures to create the primary payment amount, explains AARP. The for... More » Business & Finance Financial Planning

Someone who is divorced can receive Social Security benefits if the ex-spouse is over 62 and the marriage lasted longer than 10 years, according to the Social Security Administration. The ex-spouse can also receive benef... More » Government & Politics Social Services

The main advantage of getting Social Security benefits early at age 63 is that retirees receive payments for a longer period of time, reports the Social Security Administration. This may be a good option for those who lo... More »

Frequently asked questions about Social Security benefits include those relating to taxes, credits, funding, garnishment and direct deposit, according to the Social Security Administration. A complete list of frequently ... More » Business & Finance Financial Planning