How do you claim a pension from a company that may no longer exist?

I recently turned 66 years old. I believe I am owed a pension from a prior employer with whom I worked for 11 to 13 years. However, they seem to have disappeared off the face of the earth. This was a huge international petrochemical corporation. I don't know who to contact. Any suggestions?

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September 2017

Start by doing a web search on the company. There's probably at least some information that will lead you to the company's current status. You may find out that they had been acquired by another company. If that's the case, the new company also inherited your old employer's pension plan. Depending upon how long ago you worked for them, it's even possible that there's more than one successor company. It's kind of the way things work these days.

Contact the successor company, and find out about the disposition of your plan. You should have documentation (old paystubs, W2s, etc) to prove that you worked at the original employer.

If the web search doesn't turn up any clues, you can check with the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. That's the government sponsored insurance agency that insures the pension plans of failed companies. Even if your former employer is not on their list, they might still be able to give you information that will lead you to the right place.

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