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Finding a Missing Pension: Here's where to get help

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Q. I'm supposed to get a pension from a company I worked for years ago. I lost track of the company after it changed hands many times. Now I've just retired and haven't heard anything about that pension benefit. What should I do?

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Do You Have a Pension You Don't Know About?

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Late last year, Vicki and Dale Lloyd opted to begin receiving pension benefits after 57-year-old Dale was diagnosed with cancer. After careful consideration the pair decided that a 75 percent distribution was the best option to meet their financial needs.

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Pension detectives help pin down retirement benefits

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For 12 years, Joanne Parke was an auto delivery driver and yard foreman, helping shuttle hundreds of new Volkswagens, Porsches and Audis from the Port of Oakland. But 25 years later, when she applied for her Teamsters union pension, no one had heard of her.

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South Central Pension Rights Project helps widow claim survivor benefit from Monsanto

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Naomi Francisco’s husband worked as an engineer for Monsanto for 35 years and began receiving his pension in 1985. When her husband passed away, the payments suddenly stopped. Wondering why, Naomi contacted Monsanto’s benefit center and was told that her husband had elected a single-life annuity with no survivor benefit.

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Don’t count on your employer for accurate pension info

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A U.S. Supreme Court ruling sent an important reminder to retirees this week: you can’t necessarily rely on your employer for an accurate description of your pension benefits.

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How to Protect Your Corporate Benefits

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It is no secret that corporations, over the last 20 years or so, have been reducing or eliminating corporate benefits such as pensions and health care. Corporations have the right to determine employee benefits. However, it is important for employees to take proper steps to protect the benefits they are entitled to.

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For Mother's Day, Help Mom Get Organized

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Mother's Day is today, May 8. In addition to traditional gifts like candy and flowers, consider spending a few hours helping your mom organize her financial, legal and medical records so that she -- and you -- knows where she stands.

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When Benefits Bite Back

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The Supreme Court is set to answer a question with huge implications for workers: Are employers' promises of benefits such as pension payments and health-care insurance worth the paper they are written on?

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Mid-America Pension Rights Project works with Department of Labor to overturn wrongful benefit denial

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Like many people approaching retirement, when Margaret turned 65 she contacted her former employer to apply for the pension she had earned during her career.

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New England Pension Assistance Project locates pension for widow

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When Katherine* suddenly became a widow at the age of 52, she contacted her husband’s past employers to inform them of his death.  Among her husband's employers was the public utility of a municipality where he had worked for nearly 10 years.  Katherine knew that her husband had earned a pension while he was employed by the municipality’s public utility so she reported his death to th

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