Survivor Benefits – Safety Members

A qualified survivor may be eligible to receive a continuation allowance or, a lump sum payment upon your death. If you do not have a qualified survivor, a lump sum benefit may be paid to your designated beneficiary.

The type and amount of survivor benefit available to safety plan members is primarily dependent upon:

  • • the member’s Plan (old or new)
  • • the member’s cause of death (work-related or non-work-related);
  • • the member’s membership status at date of death (active or retired); and
  • • the survivor’s status on the date of the member’s death (qualified survivor and/or beneficiary)

A continuation allowance is payable to a qualified survivor for only the period that the survivor remains qualified (e.g. an unmarried child until age 18 or marriage, or a spouse until remarriage).

A Qualified Survivor is:

Eligible spouse/domestic partner; or
Unmarried child/children under age 18 or;
Dependent child/children of any age or;
Dependent parent(s)

Select the appropriate link for a detailed description of “Qualified Survivor” and Survivor Benefits: Old Safety Plans or New Safety Plans

If you do not have a qualified survivor, then a lump sum benefit will be paid to your named beneficiary or beneficiaries.

A Beneficiary is:

Someone named by the member to receive a lump sum benefit.  A beneficiary may be a person or persons, a trust, or an estate.  If a member does not have a qualified survivor and does not designate a beneficiary, a lump sum benefit will be paid to the member’s estate.

Request a Change in Beneficiary

To designate a beneficiary or update beneficiary information, you can download, complete, and submit a SFERS Designation of Beneficiary Form. The completed form must be notarized if submitted to our office by mail, or the form can be submitted to our office in person.  If submitted in person, we require a picture ID (e.g. Driver’s License) and the complete names and addresses of the person(s) you wish to designate as your beneficiary. An appointment is not required to update beneficiary information.

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