Form G-131, Authorization of Payment and Release of all Claims to a Death Benefit or Accrued Annuity Payment
If you are eligible to receive a lump-sum death benefit or an annuity unpaid at death and your share does not exceed $500, you may complete Form G-131 instead of filing an application. Before filing this form, you will be notified of the approximate amount of your benefit.
By completing this form, you are authorizing your share of the benefit to another eligible person and waiving your benefit. You are not required to waive your benefit or rights to which you may be entitled. If you desire not to waive your benefit, you should file an application with the Railroad Retirement Board.
Like an application, Form G-131 must be filed no later than the second anniversary of the employee's or annuitant's death.