If my mother just passed away, what happens to her pension?

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If my mother just passed away, what happens to her pension?

She retired lasted year from a hospital she worked at for over 25 years. She did not name a beneficiary with regards to her pension. I am her only chicld and next of kin. If she did not name anyone as beneficiary am I still able to make a claim?

Asked on September 9, 2013 under Estate Planning, Connecticut

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It depends on how the pension was structured.  Some pensions do not allow people to name a beneficiary and simply stop when the person dies.  If your mother's pension allowed for naming a beneficiary and your mother simply failed to do so, you should look to the pension documents for an answer as to what happens in that event.


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