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    A Look at Social Security Benefits for Your Widow or Widower

    Last updated 3 months ago

    If you were to suffer an untimely death, you would like to know that your family is taken care of. One of the Social Security Administration’s duties is to help grieving widows and widowers make ends meet in the wake of their spouse’s death. However, as with other aspects of Social Security, the process of receiving benefits can be very complicated.

    Full Benefits
    The benefits your surviving spouse receives depends on how old he or she is at the time of your death. If your spouse is past the full retirement age when you pass away, he or she stands to receive 100% of your benefit amount after your death. Though this may seem rather straightforward, your spouse might consider hiring a Social Security attorney to help file the correct paperwork and receive benefits in a timely manner.

    Reduced Benefits
    There are several instances in which a widow or widower might receive reduced benefits. If your spouse is between 60 and the full retirement age at the time of your death, he or she can receive anywhere from 71.5% to 99% of your basic benefit amount. If your spouse is disabled and between 50 and 59 years old, he or she will receive 71.5% of your benefits. If your spouse is younger than 60 years old and decides to remarry, he or she will no longer receive survivor benefits.   

    Benefits for Children
    A widow or widower of any age can still be eligible for 75% of survivor benefits if he or she is caring for a child younger than 16 years old. A child who is younger than 18 or disabled may also receive 75% of your benefits. For help determining what kind of benefits your spouse and children may receive in the event of your death, it’s a good idea to speak with a Social Security attorney.

    Todd M. Berk, Esq. has been providing answers to Social Security questions for over 30 years. If you are trying to make sense of the benefit application process, or if you are preparing to appeal a previous decision, call our Philadelphia office at (267) 439-4943.

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    Winter Weather Conditions that Can Lead to Car Accidents

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Every winter, there are hundreds of car accidents in the Philadelphia area. Some are relatively minor, while others involve injuries, lawsuits, and even death. To stay safe this season, it’s important that you keep an eye on the weather report and prepare yourself for difficult driving conditions. Here’s a quick look at winter weather conditions that can make driving unsafe. 

    Snowfall
    Though the Philadelphia area doesn’t get as much snow as other parts of the country, it usually snows at least once every year. Since it doesn’t snow very often, fewer Philadelphia residents are familiar with snow driving, making the roads even more dangerous. To avoid an accident in the snow or ice, you should remember to accelerate and brake very slowly. It’s also important to take your time when turning to avoid losing control and slamming into another vehicle.

    Heavy Rain
    Though snow is always a possibility, the real danger comes from heavy rains. During the winter, heavy rains fall often in the Philadelphia area, limiting visibility for drivers and reducing pavement friction. If it’s been a while since you’ve switched out your wiper blades or vehicle tires, consider doing so before the height of the winter season. In rainy conditions, drive slower and give the vehicle in front of you more space.

    Fog
    Fog is yet another aspect of winter weather that can cause problems for Philadelphia drivers. On foggy mornings, try to leave earlier so you have more time to reach your destination. It’s also a good idea to make sure both headlights work and are bright enough for other drivers to see well. If your windshield is foggy on the inside, wait for the auto defrost to clear the condensation before you start driving.

    If you suffer an injury during an accident that is caused by another driver, call Todd M. Berk, Esq. at (267) 439-4943. Mr. Berk can build your personal injury case and help you obtain fair compensation. Our Philadelphia law firm also handles Social Security cases. Visit our website if you have any questions about personal injury or Social Security law.

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