10/22/20

A $500 pension after 15 years of hard work? Not so fast: Western States Pension Assistance Project recovers pension for retiree

Bill was surprised when he retired in 2002 and his employer handed him a check for $500 telling him that this was the retirement benefit he had earned after 15 years of work. Bill had worked for more than 15 years in sales at an auto parts distribution center and knew that he had earned […]


10/22/20

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

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. The people who call us are often located within the jurisdiction of a Pension Counseling and Information Project. When this happens, we refer the callers to the appropriate counseling project […]


10/22/20

An unusual victory for the Mid-Atlantic Pension Counseling Project

When Carol Cascio’s husband suddenly died of a heart attack at age 52, her husband’s pension plan told her that she would receive a survivor’s benefit in three years, when her husband would have been eligible for early retirement had he lived. The benefit would be based on the pension her husband had earned during […]


10/22/20

Restarting a pension becomes a family matter

When Emma, a widow living in a nursing home, suddenly stopped receiving her monthly pension payments in May 2013, she turned to Lily, her granddaughter, for help. Emma had been receiving a survivor pension since her husband’s death in 1959 and didn’t know why her monthly pension payments had stopped. Because Lily’s grandfather had worked for more […]


10/22/20

No divorce means widow is entitled to husband’s pension

Maureen contacted the Mid-America Pension Rights Project with a unique issue. Upon her husband’s death in 2005, she was told that she wasn’t entitled to a share of his pension because the plan had no record that her husband was married. Even though they had been married for 53 years, Maureen and her husband had been separated […]