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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Survivor Benefits for Families of Disabled Rail Workers

(Posted June 19, 2000)

Question 53: I had to retire early at 48 because of disability. I receive Railroad Retirement and I want to know if my wife (age 47) and minor son (age 13) will continue to receive benefits in the event of my death.

Answer: From the information in your question, it appears that your family will receive monthly benefits from Railroad Retirement after your death. If you son is under age 18, both he and your wife will be eligible until he turns 18. Her benefits will resume when she becomes 60 unless she remarries.

You should be able to get a fairly accurate estimate of those benefits by asking for one at the nearest RRB office.


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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