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Stop, Look & Listen: Railroad Retirement Benefits Q&A

Answers are provided by Robert S. Kaufman

How To Find Information About Private Pension Plans

(Posted January 11, 2004)

Question 359: My sister was awarded her ex-husband's retirement benefits and was to start receiving them over a year ago, but we cannot seem to find out where or who to contact regarding it. The letter is from the Central States, SouthEastern States, and Southwestern States Pension. Do Yo Know of any way to contact them?

Answer: Unfortunately, there is no central registery of private pension plans. You have to play a little "pension plan detective." The Internet is an excellent tool with its variuos powerful search engines. You can check under the company's name and go to their web site.

The pension plan you cited is not a railroad pension plan; it is a multiemployer pension trust in the trucking industry which is jointly operated by the member trucking companies and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. It has a web site under "Central States Pension" showing the address as 9377 West Higgins Road, Rosemont Illinois 60018-4938. The toll-free phone number is listed as 800-323-5000.

Be prepared to furnish the retired worker's full name and Social Security number.

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Answers are provided as general guidance on the subjects covered in the question and are not provided as legal advice to the questioner or to readers. Any legal issues should be reviewed by your legal counsel to apply the law to the particular facts of this and similar situations.

The law in this area changes frequently. Answers are believed to be correct as of the posting dates shown. The completeness or accuracy of a particular answer may be affected by changes in the law (statutes, regulations, rulings, court decisions, etc.) that occur after the date on which a particular Q&A is posted.

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