What We Do
After a lifetime of contributions to the workforce, you shouldn't have to worry if you'll receive the benefits you've earned. Pension plans and laws can be complex and difficult to navigate on your own, but the Mid-America Pension Rights Project is here to help. Our pension counselors can answer your questions, help you obtain hard-to-find documents, and secure the full extent of benefits to which you're entitled.
The help you need to get the pension you've earned.
The Mid-America Pension Rights Project is a program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We are funded by private donations and a Federal grant provided by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) that is through the Older Americans Act. The Mid-America Pension Rights Project serves Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.
Please contact us if:
You currently live or work in the state the project serves, or if you lived or worked in the state while earning the pension; or
The company or pension plan is headquartered, or has operations now in the state, or if it had operations in the state when the pension was earned.
We assist clients with:
Basic advice about pension laws and pension rights;
Information about pension benefits for spouses or survivors;
Finding pensions “lost” due to company mergers, relocation, or bankruptcy;
Investigation of benefit denials and filing appeals;
Rights of divorced persons, including Qualified Domestic Relations Orders; and
Filing benefit claims.
If you do not qualify for the MAPRP’s services, you can find the appropriate counseling project or agency that can assist you at the Pension Rights Center.
Roadmap to Retirement
The Roadmap to Retirement is a collection of links to publications from government agencies and nonprofit organizations that relate to private retirement plans. Because there are many fact sheets and booklets about retirement plan rules, we have provided those that we think will be most useful. As you will see, the Roadmap is divided into six sections reflecting the stages of typical working lives.
For further resources, follow these links on pensionrights.org.
Our Pension Project is open Monday - Friday, 9AM - 5PM.
To speak with an advocate, call 866.735.7737.
Working with MAPRP
"Gave me the respect that I've felt I needed, or had earned."
Janet, Pension Client