by Sandra Wisnewski, JD
The Mid-America Pension Rights Project assists clients with pension and 401(k) issues. There are no age or income restrictions. And there is never a charge for the services. The Pension Project works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problem. Just ask Ms. Miller.
Ms. Miller worked for a hospital in the early 80’s, but left employment after 10 years. When Ms. Miller left employment, she was eligible to receive a pension benefit at the age of retirement. However, at the time, Ms. Miller was not thinking about a pension benefit; retirement was 30 years into the future.
When Ms. Miller eventually reached the age of retirement, she wanted to begin receiving her benefit. As many retirees, she and her husband could use the extra cash for living expenses. Also, Ms. Miller wanted what she worked for and was promised by the hospital.
Ms. Miller, without anticipating any problems, tried contacting the hospital. However, the hospital had been closed for many years. Ms. Miller began the search for her benefit, following up with all the leads that she came across. Yet, almost two years later, Ms. Miller was no further ahead.
Ms. Miller was feeling totally frustrated and, at this point, was out of options. That is when a representative from the Hospital Association re-contacted her and suggested that she get in touch with the Pension Project.
As soon as Ms. Miller contacted the Pension Project, an attorney began working on her case. After many phone calls and letters, the Pension Project tracked down the administrator of the former hospital plan. The Pension Project worked directly with the administrator and was able to convince them that Ms. Miller was eligible for a pension benefit.
Ms. Miller received her entire monthly benefit and a retroactive payment dating back to the age of retirement, a value of over $12,000.00. Ms. Miller was very grateful for the assistance of the Pension Project, and particularly grateful for the attorney’s work. Here’s what Ms. Miller had to say about the attorney that assisted her:
“I want to tell you what a positive difference you, the person, made in all this. From the beginning I could tell that you were my advocate, business like and very professional in attention to detail and friendly and kind at the same time. Your legal skills were evident from the start but your kindness and willingness to really listen and clarify points with a positive attitude were very important in building my peace of mind.…”
The Pension Project is funded by the federal government through a grant provided by the Administration for Community Living, and is a program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Since the program began in 1998, the Pension Project has assisted over 11,000 clients and has recovered over 50 million dollars in pension benefits. The Pension Project assists clients that either worked in or are currently living in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. For more information, visit www.mid-americapensions.org.
If you need help with or information about your pension or 401(k) benefit, please call the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at 866-735-7737 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.