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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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State Retirement System Rules on “Spousal Consent”

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Does your husband or wife work in a job covered by a state retirement system? If so, it is important for you to know if you have a say in whether you will receive a pension if you outlive your spouse.

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Women face host of obstacles to retirement

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When Jeanne Majors, 63, took an early retirement in December 2005, she assumed that she would pick up a part-time job and be in good financial shape. She didn't know that her future would quickly fall apart.

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Benbrook widow sues Fort Worth fund for husband's pension benefits

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When So Son Harabedoff's husband died last year, she thought she would receive his pension from the Fort Worth Employees' Retirement Fund.

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Pension plans keep more retirees out of poverty, reduce reliance on public assistance

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Study: Defined-benefit pensions not only aid seniors but also provide a public service

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Retirement Security: Women Still Face Challenges

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GAO was asked to examine (1) how women’s access to and participation in employer-sponsored retirement plans compare to men’s and how they have changed over time, (2) how women’s retirement income compares to men’s and how the composition of their income—the proportion of income coming from different sources—changed with economic conditions and trends in pension design, (3) how later-in-life eve

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How Divorcing Women Should Handle Retirement Accounts and Pension Plans

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When you’re a woman who’s 50+ and divorcing, there’s no question that retirement accounts, pension plans and social security will factor significantly into your divorce settlement agreement –but even if you’re not nearing retirement age, the same is likely true.

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Qualified Longevity Annuity Contract Rules Should Allow More Options, Commenters Say

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A Treasury Department proposal to expand retirement income options is on the right track, but it requires some revisions to achieve the objectives
outlined in the proposed regulation (REG-115809-11), a variety of interest groups said in public comment letters posted May 4.

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Should You Accept a Pension Buyout Offer?

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A group of 90,000 former salaried workers at Ford got an interesting offer late last month: In exchange for giving up the right to receive monthly pension benefits for the rest of their lives, the company would instead pay them an up-front lump sum of cash.

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Organizations Urge Protections for Women in Lifetime Retirement Income Options

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Eight national women’s organizations and the Pension Rights Center submitted comments to the Department of the Treasury, generally supporting proposed IRS rules aimed at encouraging lifetime income options in retirement plans.

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