Surviving family members must deal with important details, including settling the estate. To help make a difficult time less stressful, we offer the following information:
It is important that you contact DRS as soon as possible. If the retiree chose to have a survivor receive benefits, we must update the account for the payments to continue. If the retiree did not select a survivor option, we will need to stop monthly benefits to avoid an overpayment. When you contact DRS, please be ready to provide the deceased retiree’s full name and Social Security number.
If the deceased was a member actively working in a public service position in Washington state or ever did work in such a position, it is possible that payment is due to the survivor(s).
When you contact DRS, be ready to provide the deceased member’s full name and Social Security number. If the death was potentially work-related, please also let us know.
If you are a retiree and your beneficiary dies before you do, please contact DRS. For more information, see Can I Change My Benefit Option or Beneficiary Designation After I Retire?(Note: LEOFF Plan 1, WSPRS Plan 1, JRS and JRF retirees should contact DRS.)
If you are managing the estate of a deceased beneficiary who was receiving a monthly benefit, please contact DRS.