Free Case Review | Refer a Case 205-343-1771

Blog | ERISA and Disability Rights and Benefits | Alabama | The Martin Law Firm, LLC

Ensure Your Spouse is Cared For After Your Death

Posted by David P. Martin | Jun 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

For many people, one of their main concerns when planning their retirement is how to ensure their spouse or other survivors are cared for in the event of their passing. It's a sad reality, but one that smart retirement planners face. The good news is that most retirement plans and pensions include a survivor benefit. In general, most of these plans provide for a payment for the duration of your spouse's life at 50% of the rate you were both receiving. Unless you and your spouse sign a waiver to cancel that benefits, this is likely included in your plan automatically.

Most people wish for their survivor benefits to go to their spouses, but if you don't have a spouse or wish for your benefits to go to another individual after your death, you can ask your plan manager to do so. There may be a minimal amount of paperwork to be done, but on the whole, the process should be easily done.

If you are the surviving spouse or the beneficiary of a retiree and are being told that you aren't eligible for survivor benefits, call our ERISA lawyers immediately. In most cases, this is the result of a paperwork error on the part of the company handling the retirement or pension plan, but convincing them that it is their error is difficult. You'll want an experienced legal team to deal with this for you to ensure you are getting the proper representation and all of the benefits to which you are entitled. You can get a free consultation with our ERISA lawyers by giving us a call today.

About the Author

David P. Martin

Senior & Managing Attorney

Comments

There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

Contact [ME/US] Today

[LAW FIRM NAME] is committed to answering your questions about [PRACTICE AREA] law issues in [CITY/STATE]. [[I/WE] OFFER A FREE CONSULTATION] and [I'LL/WE'LL] gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact [ME/US] today to schedule an appointment.

Office Locations

Tuscaloosa Office
2117 Jack Warner Pkwy STE 1
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401
(205) 343-1771

Birmingham Office
300 Vestavia Pkwy, Suite #2300
Birmingham, AL 35216
(205) 286-5576

Huntsville Office
116 Jefferson Street N., Suite 209
Huntsville, AL 35801
(800) 284-9309

Mobile Office
205 N. Conception St.
Mobile, AL 36603
(205) 343-1771

Menu