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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Eligibility for Survivor Benefits

(Posted August 30, 2013)

Question 1053: Are there benefits for the survivor of a laid-off worker who has died?

Answer: Survivor Benefits are only payable to certain family members when the deceased rail worker was vested for survivor benefits. If you think you are eligible, you should call the Railroad Retirement Board on their toll-free number: (877) 772-5772.


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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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