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Benefits After Retired Employee's Death
(Posted March 18, 2004)
Question 413: My mother recently died. Will her Railroad Retirement benefits stop or will they continue to be paid to my sister and me?
Answer: You did not indicate whether your mother was survived by a spouse. If so, her spouse qualifies for a widower's benefit. If she was not married when she died, her retirement benefits end, and probably no further benefits are payable. You can confirm this with the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).
It is important that your family notify the RRB of her death (844 North Rush Street, Chicago IL 60611) as soon as possible so they can terminate her benefit payments. If her payments were going to a checking or savings account, you should notify the finanacial institution and ask them to return any payments received after her death.
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