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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Payment to Spouse After Rail Worker's Death

(Posted August 4, 2005)

Question 553: My husband has over 30 years of railroad service. He will be eligible to retire in 5 years. If he predeceases me after his retirement, will I continue to receive any Railroad Retirement benefits?

Answer: Assuming you are over 60 when you husband dies, you will be immediately eligible for a monthly widow's benefit. The full amount of your Tier 1 and Tier 2 benefits will be the same as what your husband was entitled to receive as a retired worker. Your Tier 1 benefit will be reduced by the amount of any Social Security payments you receive.

A widow(er)'s benefit continues until the death of the widow(er) unless (s)he remarries. Following remarriage, a smaller benefit still might be payable.

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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