Skip to code content (skip section selection)
(1) Permissible designations. 130 The designation of a member's beneficiaries must be in writing and on file with the Board during the member's employment. A member may designate as beneficiaries only individuals within the following categories:
(a) The spouse or Life Partner who either lives with the member at the time of the member's death or is entitled to financial support by the member;
(b) (.1) natural or adopted child or children of the member, or natural or adopted grandchild or grandchildren of the member, where the member had court ordered or court sanctioned physical and legal custody of the grandchild or grandchildren;
(.2) a trust for the benefit of a disabled natural child or a disabled adopted child of the member, or for the benefit of a disabled natural or adopted grandchild of the member, where the member had court ordered or court sanctioned physical and legal custody of the grandchild, providing that the following conditions are met:
(.a) the beneficiary of the trust shall be irrevocable no later than the date of the retirement or death of the member, whichever occurs first;
(.b) The trust must be a valid trust under Pennsylvania law or would be but for the fact that there is no trust corpus;
(.c) the trust must be irrevocable;
(.d) the beneficiaries of the trust must be identifiable from the trust instrument;
(.e) a copy of the trust must be provided to the Pension Board within thirty (30) days of the date of the member's submission of the document designating the trust as a survivor; and
(.f) in the case of an annual benefit to be paid monthly "for life" under this Ordinance, the determining life shall be the lifetime of the irrevocable beneficiaries of the trust;
(c) parents or parent of the member;
(d) individuals who are specifically named by the member and who are within any of the following categories:
(.1) stepchild or foster child of the member; or
(.2) child of the member's Life Partner; or
(.3) child for whom the member stood in loco parentis; or
(.4) individual whom the member is legally obligated to support; or
(.5) a relative by blood or marriage or a relative of a Life Partner; or
(.6) any other person as designated by the employee.
(2) Invalid designation; death of beneficiary. If, at the time benefits become payable, the designation of beneficiaries on file with the Board is invalid, or if the designated beneficiaries predecease the member, or if the member has failed to designate any valid beneficiary, any benefits payable will be paid to the surviving relatives ranked in the highest category among those listed in subsections 22-701(1)(a), (b), (c) and (d), except that no benefit shall be paid to any person listed in subsection 22-701(1)(d) unless such person is specifically designated and survives the member. If no individual qualifies as a beneficiary as set forth herein, no benefit shall be payable except that the benefits payable pursuant to Section 22-502 (Ordinary Death Benefits) shall be paid to the deceased member's estate. Categories (a) through (d), set forth in subsection 22-701(1), shall be deemed to have been listed in rank order of priority for purposes of this subsection. If two or more such beneficiaries are of equal rank, the benefits payable will be paid to them in equal shares unless the member has provided otherwise.
(3) Beneficiary receiving other payments not affected. Except as may be otherwise specifically provided in this Title or the Code, the rights and benefits of a beneficiary shall not be affected by the fact that the beneficiary may receive other payments from the City in a different capacity.