Benefit Changes Change of Death Benefit Beneficiary

You may change your beneficiary for the lump sum death benefit at any time by completing the Designation of Beneficiary for Lump Sum Death Benefit form . The beneficiary may be a person, persons, trust, estate or institution. The form must be returned to and approved by OPERS before any change is valid.

If you did not designate a death benefit beneficiary at retirement, the beneficiary designated on your retirement applicationwill receive the lump sum death benefit.

If your designated beneficiary predeceases you and you do not designate a new death benefit beneficiary, your lump sum death benefit will be paid under automatic succession as provided by Ohio retirement law.