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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

Lump Sum Death Benefit

(Posted September 14, 2011)

Question 832: Is there a death lump sum for a railroader's spouse who died under the railroad retirement plan? If so, how do I apply?

Answer: Under Railroad Retirement, a lump sum death benefit of $255 is paid to a worker's spouse if the spouse is not immediately entitled a monthly widow(er)s benefits.

There are no benefits paid when a widow(er) dies.


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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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