FAQ: Retirement > Probate > Retiree

Retirement > Probate > Retiree > Notification of a Death

29. Should the retirement benefit payment issued at the end of the month of my death be returned to the Retirement Payroll Unit?

When someone dies, the Retirement Payroll Unit pays that member through the date of death only. If the check is cashed, the member’s estate must reimburse SERS or PJERS for the portion of the check that represents the time after the date of death. The executor or administrator of the estate can either send the Retirement Payroll Unit the check back and the Retirement Payroll Unit will return a partial payment or they can simply return the amount of the overpayment.