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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Spouse Following Death of Retired Rail Worker

(Posted August 8, 2013)

Question 1040: My husband started collecting benefits in 2001 when he retired. My benefits under his plan began when I was 60 and increased when I retired a year later. If my husband dies before I do, how will his death affect the amount I recieve?

Answer: As a Widow, you will receive approximately what your husband now receives. Compared to your current Spouse benefit, your benefit will be about twice what you now receive.


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Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.


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