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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Widow(er) Benefits

(Posted July 13, 2004)

Question 485: My husband works for Amtrak. He's in his 15th year of service. If he dies, do I get any survivor type of benefits, as his spouse of 25 years?

Answer: Yes, if you are under 60 when your husband dies, you will receive a lump-sum death benefit of $255 and you will receive a widow's annuity at 60 if you have not remarried.


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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