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Are Children Ever Eligible for a Lump Sum Death Payment?
(Posted December 13, 2008)
Question 679: If our mother died before my dad, can his children get the
lump sum death payment?
Answer: Not Since the Railroad Retirement Act was changed in 1974. Payment of the lump sum death payment is confined to the worker's surviving spouse.
The only exception is when the rail worker had at least 10 years of service before 1975. The lump sum can then be paid to a funeral home or to the person who paid burial expenses.
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