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Workers may be tempted to shrug their shoulders and write off the pensions as “lost.” Indeed, some pensions may in fact be gone forever. In many cases, though, the pension money is sitting safely in a fund, waiting only for the worker (or a surviving spouse or beneficiary) to come forward to collect it. If you think you may be entitled to money in a pension fund, either as a participant or as a spouse or beneficiary of a participant, it makes sense to try to track it down. This booklet, which is based on the experience of pension counselors, gives advice on how to plan and conduct your search. A glossary (Appendix A) explains some terms that may be unfamiliar.


The Pension Action Center at the Gerontology Institute, University of Massachusetts Boston, was a partner with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation in the development of this booklet. This booklet is also available through the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation:


Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation


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