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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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.

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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