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Can a Widow Receive Monthly Benefits Before 60?
(Posted April 22, 2010)
Question 747: Is there any instance under which a widow can receive benefits from deceased spouse at the age of 59 and a half? At the time of my husband's death, this is was what the remember being told. When I tried to apply at 59 and a half, I was told that I had to wait until age 60.
Answer: The only way a widow(er) can receive monthly benefits before 60 if (s)he is disabled for any work activity.
It sounds like the Railroad Retirement Board may have suggested that you file your application three months before 60 so your payments can begin timely at 60.
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