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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Widow's Benefits After Death of Rail Worker

(Posted May 14, 2011)

Question 818: I have 30 years of rail service and have been retired for 12 years. When I die, will my wife receive anything?

Answer: Your wife will receive Widow's benefits when she is 60. If you had a "Current Connection" when you retired, Railroad Retirement will be responsible for paying the benefits.

If you did not have a "Current Connection," Social Security will be responsible for paying survivor benefits.

In either case, her benefits will be based on your combined earnings under both systems.


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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