Social Security Benefits To Increase Modestly in 2021

Q.  Has there been any word as to whether there will be a cost-of-living increase in Social Security in 2021? A.  Yes. Just recently, the Social Security Administration announced a 1.3 percent rise in benefits in 2021, an increase even smaller than last year’s cost-of-living increase. Cost-of-living increases are tied to the consumer price index,… Read More »

Should I Become Mom’s Representative Payee?

Q.  Mom recently moved in with us so we can help care for her. When we notified Social Security of this, they asked if I wished to become mom’s representative payee.  Is that something I should do?  A.  It all depends.  In the Social Security system, a representative payee is appointed to receive funds for… Read More »