With Closure of Social Security Offices Nationwide, the Need for NSSA Advisors Grows

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The coronavirus pandemic has forced closure of Social Security Administration offices nationwide, making the need for knowledgeable National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) advisors more urgent, says Marc Kiner, partner at Premier Social Security Consulting in Cincinnati.

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Professional advisors engage during an NSSA Social Security certificate program.

… this is an excellent opportunity for advisors to own their own Social Security Help Centers (SSHC)-- a revolutionary lead generation tool we offer to advisors that results in additional clients and revenues.

The coronavirus has closed Social Security Administration offices nationwide, emphasizing the need for National Social Security Advisors competent in the Social Security program to help workers maximize Social Security.

Marc Kiner, partner at Premier Social Security Consulting in Cincinnati, said folks preparing for retirement seek competent Social Security advice.

“While it’s unsettling that all Social Security offices are closed,” said Kiner, “this is an excellent opportunity for advisors to own their own Social Security Help Centers (SSHC)--a revolutionary lead generation tool we offer to advisors that results in additional clients and revenues.”

To use the Social Security Help Centers tool, advisors—financial advisors, insurance agents, CPAs, attorneys, and enrolled agents-- must be educated and knowledgeable about the Social Security program, said Kiner. Premier teaches the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) certificate program to advisors so they can in turn counsel clients on how to maximize Social Security benefits.

The Social Security Help Centers lead generation tool is a great asset for advisors as folks across the country are seeking out competent and educated advisors about Social Security benefits, he said.

Every day, 10,000 people in the U.S. turn 65 years old. “Folks close to retirement this year will be Googling questions on Social Security,” said Kiner. “We purchased the SSHC tool so our NSSA advisors can use it to help promote their knowledge and competency in this area. Prospects will also receive a free retirement planning book."

Kiner had a 39-year career as a certified public accountant and sold his CPA firm in 2012 to create Premier with business partner Jim Blair. Blair was a 35-year Social Security Administration employee and SSA branch office manager.

The men coined the phrase "Situational Social Security" because everyone has a unique Social Security situation that warrants scrutiny in order to create the optimal plan to maximize benefits. Whether a person is single, married, divorced, widowed, has dependent children or is a public employee can determine which plan is optimal, said Kiner.

“No matter what situation our NSSA advisors come across with their clients, we can help,” he said.

“The Social Security scenario for older workers is complicated further by the fact that staff at Social Security Administration offices do not counsel or give advice,” said Blair. “They will generally only take your application and answer simple questions. It’s up to each individual to ultimately do the research and decide when and how to access Social Security. That’s where NSSA comes in.”

People work their entire adult lives and deserve to retire with the maximum amount of Social Security benefits due to them, said Blair. “Yet it’s estimated that 90 percent of retirees claim Social Security too soon or fail to coordinate spousal benefits, which can leave up to $200,000 on the table over the course of a 20-year or even longer retirement,” he said. “NSSA can help advisors make sure retirees reduce the chance of folks outliving their money.”

The NSSA program is the nation’s only accredited Social Security certificate education program. Accreditation is from the Institute for Credentialing Excellence in Washington, D.C. More than 2,100 professional advisors nationwide have taken the NSSA program, passed an assessment and earned the NSSA certificate. The NSSA certificate denotes advanced Social Security education and knowledge.

Premier Social Security Consulting teaches the NSSA Social Security Advisor certificate program live to advisors in 10 cities nationwide this year. Live classes are taught in-person during one, all-day session. Premier also offers web-based training workshops for advisors participating in a live, one-day program with an NSSA instructor; and in a 19-module, video-based, on-demand course taught by NSSA instructors. On-demand students can complete workshop lectures and activities at their leisure.

NSSA certificate holders receive ongoing support and resources throughout the year. Ongoing support includes questions answered and monthly webinars. The webinars help NSSA certificate holders maintain Social Security knowledge and keep up to date.

Premier also offers private, on-site classes for organizations that need to provide in-house Social Security training to multiple professional advisors, said Kiner. Costs vary for each type of instruction and additional, ongoing support, with pricing listed on the Premier website.

Premier is dedicated to educating and supporting NSSA advisors as they navigate the Social Security system and counsel clients on maximizing Social Security benefits. Premier has a number of strategic partnerships and partners that make it the nation’s more effective Social Security education program for professional advisors, said Kiner.

The Wealth Engineering Institute in Orlando, Fla., recently announced its selection of Premier Social Security Consulting as the exclusive provider of Social Security consulting and educational services for its network of over 2,100 wealth management firms, investment and insurance advisors, CPAs and attorneys.

“We’re excited to add Premier to our expert sourcing team,” said Nick Gregory, CEO and managing partner at WEI. “Social Security consulting and education are extremely important for advisors serving the needs of 76-plus million baby boomers. Social Security knowledge is a necessity when it comes to comprehensive financial management. Premier Social Security Consulting’s national presence and expertise in this market make them a natural fit for our team.”

For information about The Wealth Engineering Institute, call (407) 878-3520.

For information about Premier Social Security Consulting, visit http://www.premiersocialsecurityconsulting.com.

To learn about the National Social Security Advisor certificate program and a complete listing of services and prices, visit http://www.nationalsocialsecurityassociation.com or http://www.premiernssa.com or call Kiner at (513) 218-8505.

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Contact: Marc Kiner
Premier Social Security Consulting
Email: mkiner@mypremierplan.com
Phone: (513) 218-8505

About Premier Social Security Consulting:
Premier Social Security Consulting, LLC of Cincinnati educates professional advisors nationwide on the national Social Security program so they can counsel their clients on how to maximize Social Security income. Partners Marc Kiner and Jim Blair teach the NSSA Advisor certificate program.

About the National Social Security Advisor program:
Marc Kiner and Jim Blair are partners at Premier Social Security Consulting of Cincinnati, which teaches the National Social Security Advisor (NSSA) certificate program. NSSA is the nation’s only accredited Social Security education certificate program.

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