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Old 02-10-2017, 04:53 PM
 
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I took care of my FIL for 9 months and my MIL in hospice. We moved to be near them. They have since passed away.

He worked for the County for 25-30 years as a County IHSS Worker.

They sent us a letter about a Calpers death benefit. Does anyone have any idea how much we would get? He was a low level county social worker in In Home Support Services for Placer County until about the year 2000.

Does anyone have any idea how much it is???

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Old 02-10-2017, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Roanoke, VA
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Why don't you contact Calpers?

https://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/acti...death-benefits

https://www.calpers.ca.gov/page/acti...nefits-payable

There is contact info on these pages.
Good luck.
 
Old 02-10-2017, 08:06 PM
 
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Thank you I saw this in the link earlier and didn't understand what it meant by "members contributions"

The Basic Death Benefit is the return of member's contributions and interest through the date of death. In some instances, there may be an additional one-time payment based on the member's earnings.
 
Old 02-11-2017, 06:28 AM
 
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Thank you I saw this in the link earlier and didn't understand what it meant by "members contributions"

The Basic Death Benefit is the return of member's contributions and interest through the date of death. In some instances, there may be an additional one-time payment based on the member's earnings.
Member's contributions means the amounts withheld from salary as the member's contribution to his or her pension. I don't know what percentage is withheld for CalPERS, but the teachers' retirement system (CalSTRS) always took 8% from me. After 34 years, including the interest, that was a tidy sum despite my very small salary.

Therefore, the amount is determined by the number of years the deceased had CalPERS employment prior to death times the percent withheld times the salary plus the interest accrued.
 
Old 02-11-2017, 11:28 AM
 
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Member's contributions means the amounts withheld from salary as the member's contribution to his or her pension. I don't know what percentage is withheld for CalPERS, but the teachers' retirement system (CalSTRS) always took 8% from me. After 34 years, including the interest, that was a tidy sum despite my very small salary.

Therefore, the amount is determined by the number of years the deceased had CalPERS employment prior to death times the percent withheld times the salary plus the interest accrued.
Thank you Escort Rider. He worked there about 30 yrs.
 
Old 02-11-2017, 03:01 PM
 
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Curious how this works out for you. If he was retired for more that 11 to 12 years his contributions were most likely already paid back to him. Let us know what you find out?

Thanks
 
Old 02-11-2017, 10:50 PM
 
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Curious how this works out for you. If he was retired for more that 11 to 12 years his contributions were most likely already paid back to him. Let us know what you find out?

Thanks
Will do.

Yes he was retired for 14 years. My husband (his son) is a beneficiary along with his two brothers.

He's spent ALOT of money this last 6 years. He built a brand new house and purchased a 2016 Tesla he drove just once at 91 years old. People in the town found it really funny to see an Elderly person driving a Tesla. If you saw how advanced the computer(s) are in the car, you'd understand. It reminds me of a spaceship. Thank God it beeps when he gets too close to something. The two prior cars he totaled

We had to call the Tesla Dealer to request they not make a new key for the car he just bought because we think his care-giver threw it out.
 
Old 02-12-2017, 08:44 PM
 
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The amount will depend on how much of the money he paid into his retirement that has not yet been dispersed to him.

My mom passed away last April. She worked as a teacher until her late 50's. She was 81 when she passed away. Her total benefits pay back was $3900 from CALSTPRS. CALSTRS is very similar.

It's not a lot, but better than nothing. I am guessing, totally guessing, that your amount may be a little more than this as the pay out for my mom was for twice as many years, but as a teacher her salary would likely double your father's salary.
 
Old 02-14-2017, 01:19 AM
 
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Thank you!

We called Calpers. They didn't give an exact amount but it appears it is about $1200 which will be divided by the 3 beneficiary, the sons.
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