Estate Planning 101

Notifying the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System (APERS) After a Loved One’s Passing

September 13, 2023

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When a loved one passes away, there are numerous responsibilities that fall to those left behind. If your loved one was a member of the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System (APERS), it is crucial to notify them as part of these responsibilities.

Who Should Be Notified

The Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System (APERS) should be notified in the event of a member's death. This is important in order to stop pension payments and to provide information on any potential survivor benefits.

When to Notify

As with most organizations, APERS should be notified as soon as possible after the death of the member. This will help prevent any overpayments and facilitate the process of any potential benefits for survivors.

How to Notify

You can notify APERS by calling their office at 501-682-7800 or 1-800-682-7377. In addition, APERS requires a copy of the death certificate. This can be mailed to their office at 124 W. Capitol Avenue, Suite 400, Little Rock, AR 72201.

What to Expect After Notification

After you notify APERS of the member's death, they will provide information on the next steps. This typically includes stopping the pension payments and providing information on any potential survivor benefits. If there are overpayments made after the member's death, APERS will typically request a refund.

Tips for Notification

When contacting APERS, have the member's full name, social security number, and date of death ready. Keeping detailed records of all your communication with APERS, including dates, times, and the names of representatives you spoke with, can also be helpful in case of any discrepancies or issues in the future.

Conclusion

While dealing with a loved one's passing is challenging, it's important to notify relevant organizations like APERS promptly. By staying organized and handling these tasks efficiently, you can help ensure a smooth transition during this difficult time.

FAQ

Q: Can I notify APERS online?
A: Currently, you need to call APERS or mail them to report a member's death. They do not offer an online notification option.

Q: What should I do if I don't know the member's social security number?
A: If you don't have the member's social security number, contact APERS. They may be able to locate the member's account with their full name and date of birth.

Q: What happens if pension payments were made after the member's death?
A: If payments were made after the member's death, APERS will typically request a refund of these overpayments.