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My late husband who...

My late husband who passed away in January 2013 before he retired was a reporter for the Indy Star. After he passed away I only received his Social Security. I was talking with my cousin today and she said I should have received his pension after he passed. I was told my husband that the Star does not pay the pension to the spouse after he would pass away. Is this true or have I been operating under the wrong assumption all this time?

Lawyer's Assistant: Have you documented this or discussed it with HR?

Discussed it with who?

Lawyer's Assistant: Is the employment agreement "at will," union, full time or part time?

His employment was full time not union nor part time.

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Allen M., Esq.
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Thank you for trusting your question to JA today. I am a licensed attorney with over a decade of law practice and over 20 years of experience in the legal field. I’m happy to be of assistance.

Unfortunately, the answer to your question here is not universal. By that, I mean that it depends entirely on the pension that he had, how it was contracted out and paid for, etc. Some pensions have a beneficiary option built in, and you can leave your pension to a next of kin. Some pensions only have that option if you buy into the beneficiary/survivor plan and others have nothing like that at all, and are intended to end with the death of the pensioner.

This is something that you would have to explore with the pension holder itself, looking to see if it had a beneficiary program and, if so, who was named as the beneficiary (because it doesn't always have to be the spouse, though usually it is).

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I see that you rated my service as three stars. Was there something about your question that I didn't answer?

While I understand that it is not an exact answer, that is not possible here, as I don't have your husband's contract that he had with his employer. The only way for you anyone to know the answer to your question is to review that contract.

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