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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Survivors of Retired Workers

(Posted June 15, 2001)

Question 107: Are there any death benefits for survivors of a vested rail worker who had retired before 1963?

Answer: I note that the deceased rail worker received Railroad Retirement benefits for almost 40 years -- a notable accompishment, even in this day!

If he or she is survived by a spouse at least age 60, the spouse can draw monthly widow(er) benefits. If there is no eligible spouse, there would be a lump sum death payment made either to the person who paid the worker's burial expenses or to the funeral home.


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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