Stand-out Q – pension death benefits…

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FRI, 24 MAR 2017

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Question:

Can a deceased member’s pension rights be transferred?

Answer:

Once a scheme member dies the rules of the pension scheme covering death benefits become effective i.e. death benefits become payable under the scheme. Where the member dies under a pension scheme that does not offer flexi access drawdown for a beneficiary, the only way such a benefit can be set up is if the scheme trustees decide to make use of the statutory override that exists.

Where a beneficiary is in receipt of a pension death benefit e.g. flexi access drawdown, then it is possible for the beneficiary’s flexi access drawdown pension to be a transferred to another registered pension scheme provided the transferring and receiving schemes agree.

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