Automatic Succession

Members or retirees may designate a specific beneficiary(ies) to receive certain benefits before and after retirement. If a member or retiree does not designate a specific beneficiary(ies), any benefits due are payable under automatic succession as provided in Ohio retirement law.

Under current law, automatic succession is as follows:

In the event of death prior to retirement:

  1. Spouse
  2. Children
  3. Dependent parent
  4. If none of the previously listed are applicable, parents share equally
  5. The member’s estate

After retirement, for any amounts due the benefit recipient at the time of his/her death:

  1. Spouse
  2. Shared equally by children
  3. Shared equally by parents
  4. Your estate

For the death benefit only:

  1. Spouse
  2. Shared equally by children
  3. Shared equally by parents
  4. The person responsible for burial expenses
  5. If none of the previously listed are applicable, the benefit is paid to your estate