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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

What Can Spouse Receive as a Widow?

(Posted March 16, 2014)

Question 1115: What can my wife receive from Railroad Retirement if I die and she has retired as a school teacher?

Answer: If you are vested in Railroad Retirement and have a "Current Connection" with the rail industry, your wife will receive a Widow's Annuity as early as 60, or age 50 if she is disabled.

Otherwise, Social Security will pay her a Widow's benefit.


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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