My father left me everything in his will can I receive his pension after his death?

My father left me as beneficiary in his will and
insurance policy, am I able to receive his pension

Asked on May 28, 2017 under Estate Planning, Pennsylvania


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

That depends on the terms of this pension. It would be legal for a pension to be paid to descendents on death, but it is NOT required--and it is not common, either: I have never seen a pension pay out to adult children on death (unless those children were disabled in some significant way, such as mentally incompetent, and were still dependents of the deceased). So if the pension states that it goes to children, etc. it will go to you, but not otherwise.

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