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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Widow's Benefits Under Railroad Retirement

(Posted July 23, 2004)

Question 490: What benefit does the widow of a vested rail worker receive? The worker had a "current connection" when he died.

Answer: It depends on the widow's age and family status.

If the widow is under 60 when the rail worker dies, the widow can receive monthly benefits if she is caring for a child under 18 or for an older child who is disabled before 22.

A widow under 60 also can receive monthly benefits if she is at least 50 and is disabled for any employment.

If a widow is less than 60 but she does not receive monthly benefits, a lump sum death payment is paid.

Once the widow becomes 60 and has not remarried, she will qualify for a regular Widow Benefit.

Similar benefits are availble to widowers (men).

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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