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BENEFITS


POST-RETIREMENT DEATH AND CONTINUING BENEFITS

POST-RETIREMENT DEATH/BURIAL BENEFITS

When a member dies after retirement, the surviving spouse or domestic partner, or the named beneficiary or estate, is entitled to receive a one-time $5,000 lump-sum death/burial benefit from LACERA.*

*Upon the death of a retired reciprocal member, LACERA pays the death/burial benefit only if the member’s last employing agency was L.A. County or an outside district.

POST-RETIREMENT continuing BENEFITS

The Option a member elects at retirement affects the amount of the continuing benefit payable to an eligible survivor or beneficiary upon the member's death.

CONTINUING BENEFITS VARY ACCORDING TO OPTION ELECTED

Under the Unmodified Option or Unmodified+Plus Option, your eligible survivor is entitled to a continuing monthly allowance.

If you elect the Unmodified Option and your eligible survivor dies before you, you may name a new beneficiary after retirement. Upon your death, your new beneficiary will receive any remaining portion of your accumulated contributions and is not eligible for a continuing benefit. If there is no eligible survivor at retirement, you may designate a beneficiary to receive any remaining portion of your accumulated contributions; your beneficiary is not eligible for a continuing benefit.

Under Options 2, 3, and 4, upon your death, your eligible survivor or beneficiary is entitled to a continuing monthly allowance. Continuing allowances are based on a percentage of the monthly allowance you received during your lifetime; that percentage is determined by the Option you elect at retirement. Under Option 1, your named beneficiary receives a lump-sum payment (Option 1 is not available under Plan E.) Visit the Service Retirement page for more information. 

SPOUSE

If you elect the Unmodified Option or Unmodified+Plus Option, and you do not leave a surviving spouse or domestic partner, the continuing allowance may be paid to your eligible surviving minor children, if any.*

DOMESTIC PARTNERS

If you are in a domestic partnership and have eligible minor children, the rights of your domestic partner supersede the rights of your children. If you do not have a surviving domestic partner or spouse, the monthly allowance may be paid to your eligible minor children, if any.

ELIGIBILITY:

  • The surviving spouse must be married to the member at least one year prior to the retirement effective date.
  • The domestic partner must be registered with the California Secretary of State, with a Certificate of Registered Domestic Partnership, one year prior to member's retirement.
  • Minor child(ren) must be unmarried and under age 18. Eligibility may be extended through the age of 21 if the eligible child(ren) remains unmarried and remains a full-time student in an accredited educational institution.

Historical Note: Prior to January 1, 2009, the effective date of AB 2673, rights of eligible children superseded the rights of domestic partners for post-retirement survivor benefits in Plans A, B, C, and D. Under AB 2673, eligible domestic partners are treated the same as a spouse in all retirement plans. This change applies on a prospective basis; parties who may have fallen under the previous model are not affected.

*Minor child eligibility applies only in situations where there is no surviving spouse or domestic partner; additional restrictions apply.

4/2/14