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If the pension does not name a beneficiary then the proceeds, assuming no contradictory provisions in the plan, go to the estate to be divided in accordance with the will.
So, the will would need to be admitted to probate and an executor appointed. The executor would then contact the plan administrator and the funds would be paid into the estate to be distributed after all lawful claims against the estate are resolved.
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