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

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

How to Trace Railroad Retirement Benefits Paid After Rail Worker Dies

(Posted April 26, 2001)

Question 95: Our father worked for the old Chicago, Burlington & Quincy (CB&Q) for 32 years. He retired in 1986 and died in 1990. He was remarried and our stepmother already was receiving a private widow's pension from her first husband's plan. She told us that she didn't claim a widow's benefit from our father's account. She recently died. We're wondering what Railroad Retirement paid out following our father's death?

Answer: The best place to get information about payments made after the death of a rail worker is to contact the nearest office of the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB).

You need the worker's full name and Social Security number.

You can find the nearest RRB office by going to:

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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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