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My father passed two years before retiring from FAA after working there for 26 years. I was 28 years old at the time. He divorced my mother when I was 13 years old and never remarried. I was named his beneficiary with 80 percent of his life insurance and a 100 percent beneficiary of his retirement. Since he passed away only two years prior to his retirement, I was told that I was eligible only for his lump sum and accumulated vacation time but not his pension benefits. It seems like there should be a percentage of his pension, not only a lump sum.
Only surviving spouses are entitled to receive a pension.
Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw Bransford & Roth PC.
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