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Is this pension benefit from a private company or government agency?
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I have no idea why the company is just now discovering their misinterpretation of their own pension contract. However, your husband has no obligation to pay anything back so long as the information he provided to the company was accurate and he did not sign a written agreement agreeing to reimbursement at the time of the initial payout.
The company's failure to appropriately interpret their own pension contract is not the fault of your husband and he cannot be held liable for their mistake. There is little that they can legally do if he just ignores them.
In the unlikely event that they do sue to try and get the money back your husband should hire a lawyer to respond. The lawyer should be able to get the suit dismissed fairly easily and possibly get reimbursement for attorney fees if the suit is determined to be frivolous.
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So for now, we should just ignore the letter and not call them as suggested in their recent correspondence?
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