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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

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.


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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