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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Benefits for Widow Under 60

(Posted February 2, 2005)

Question 539: My husband recently passed away at age 41 from an unrelated work accident. What Railroad Retirement benefits am I entitled to?

Answer: You are entitled to a Lump Sum Death Benefit of $255. You should contact the nearest office of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB) to apply.

You will be entitled to monthly Widow's Annuity as early as 60 if you do not remarry, or at 62 if you do remarry. Ask the RRB for an estimate of your future benefits.


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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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