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How to Monitor Your Pension's Health

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You paid into a pension system. It will pay out for you ... right? Maybe. As illustrated by Detroit's municipal bankruptcy and the threatened implosion of its pension plans, not to mention routine corporate bankruptcies, pensions can't be taken for granted.

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Pensions ask retirees to pay back tens of thousands

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Some pension plans have overpaid retirees for years -- now they're demanding their money back. For retirees, it can mean owing tens of thousands of dollars. And with little warning, their pension checks are being slashed to cover their debt.
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Pension Fund Demands Overpayments Back, With Interest

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In growing numbers, retirees are getting hit with shocking news: Through no fault of their own, pension fund mistakes resulted in overpayments they must pay back with interest. [VIDEO]

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A Pension Strategy That Could Backfire

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Taking a life-only pension payout and buying life insurance to protect a spouse comes with risks.

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The Search For Missing 401(k) Money

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There are tens of thousands of workers who are due lost 401(k) money, but there is no one central depository where you can look for what’s rightfully yours.

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Free legal assistance for problems collecting pension benefits

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Q: My husband passed away earlier this year. When I applied for his pension survivor’s benefit I was informed I was not eligible. He was out on disability when he was forced into retirement and never officially signed paperwork regarding his pension. By default he was receiving a higher monthly payout which automatically did not leave a benefit for the surviving spouse.

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Tracking down retirement benefits from a previous job

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Q: I am 65, retired and living on Social Security. I had a supplemental retirement plan with Joslyn Corp., where I worked for 13 years until January 1979. I have tried all the government databases and Google, to no success. I know the company has been sold, but that's all I know. Supposedly, I have a benefit of $24 per month. I sure could use it.

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South Central Pension Rights Project saves a retiree from a $120,000 recoupment

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As part of the Pension Counseling and Information Program, the Pension Rights Center receives calls from people who have problems with or questions about their retirement plans.

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South Central Pension Rights Project verifies client’s earnings record to retrieve pension

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When companies go out of business or change hands, their pension plans can be affected. Sometimes, a company will terminate its pension plan and purchase annuities from an insurance company for people who are entitled to receive benefits.

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