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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Widower Can Apply for Social Security on Deceased Wife's Account

(Posted October 11, 2014)

Question 1191: I receive Railroad Retirement. My wife died recently. Can I apply for her Social Security as a Widower?

Answer: Yes you can apply as a Widower at Social Security but your Tier 1 will be reduced by the amount of those benefits.


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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