SOCIAL SECURITY PLANNING For many retirees, the single most important choice they face is when to start taking Social Security benefits. There’s no easy answer, and the kind folks at the local Social Security office aren't equipped to help you decide. While they can tell you what benefits you are eligible for today, they know nothing about your overall financial picture. At Sherpa Wealth Strategies, we make it our mission to help you make the most of your Social Security benefits. We seek first to understand your financial resources, family situation and expected longevity (trust us – it’s probably longer than your think). We then use specialized software to help you develop different scenarios, taking into account: The difference in lifetime earnings for you and your spouse The difference in your ages and health Benefits for divorced and widowed spouses Survivor benefits for widows and children How long you plan to work and how much you plan to earn We can help you decide whether to:Claim early, at age 62Wait until your Full Retirement Age (usually age 66 to 67)Delay benefits to age 70Take your own benefit or a spousal benefit and whenClaim benefits based on a prior marriageWe can also help you create a plan to fill the income gap if you decide delay your Social Security benefits.Making the wrong choice on Social Security can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars over your lifetime. It’s too important to leave to chance. We can help! Let's discuss your social security benefits. Name Email Phone Thank you! Oops!