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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Was My Brother Receiving Railroad Retirement?

(Posted January 25, 2004)

Question 369: We had a brother whorecently died; he had told our mother that he was drawing a pension from his former employer, a railroad. In going through his papers, we couldn't find anything that shows where he was getting such a pension. How can we go about finding out if he really was getting anything from the railroad?

Answer: You can ask the United States Railroad Retirement Board if your brother was receiving benefits at the time of his death. You need to furnish them with your brother's full name and his Social Security Number. There might be a death benefit that is payable.

See the link at the bottom of this column to the RRB's Web site. You also can write to the RRB at 844 North Rush Street, Chicago IL 60611.

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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