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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Widow(er)

(Posted February 6, 2004)

Question 374: I retired in 2001. When I die, will my wife recieve the same amount as I do now?

Answer: Basically yes, but the exact amount might be a few dollars more or less due to differences in how retirement and survivor benefits are calculated. The total amount payable to the family might be less, because she will no longer receive the Spouse Benefit that she receives while you are alive.


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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