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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

When Will Widow Begin Receiving Benefits?

(Posted August 10, 2013)

Question 1042: My father passed away 10 years ago at age 54 after 30 years of railroad service. He was employed at the time of his death. When will my mother be eligible to receive his retirement benefits?

Answer:

If your mother does not remarry, she can receive a Widow's Annuity at 60. If she is disabled from all work, her annuity could begin as early as 50.


Important notice:

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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