By Sandra Wisnewski, Director of the Mid-America Pension Rights Project
The Mid-America Pension Rights Project (MAPRP) assists clients with pension and 401(k) issues. There are no age or income restrictions and there is never a charge for the services. The MAPRP works to find answers and solutions to your pension-related problem. Just ask Mr. C.
When Mr. C contacted the MAPRP he was 79 years old, disabled, and in poor health. He had been fighting with his former employer for years about his eligibility for his pension benefit. The company kept telling Mr. C that they had no record of his employment with the company, but he received quarterly statements from the pension plan and there was a picture of the client hanging in the company’s museum. Also, Mr. C had several company documents indicating that he had worked for the company. After years of getting nowhere, Mr. C decided to call the MAPRP.
The MAPRP attorney assigned to the case sent multiple letters and emails and made multiple phone calls to the company on Mr. C’s behalf. The attorney received no response from anyone for over 2 months. When the company representative finally called the MAPRP, the response the attorney received was unhelpful and the promise from the company representative to follow through was never done. At this point, the attorney decided to escalate the matter by going up the corporate food chain. Another letter was sent. Finally, after 4 months of sporadic contact with the company, the attorney received a response that the company was looking into the matter. Shortly afterwards, Mr. C. received his monthly benefit plus a $15,000.00 retroactive payment!
The Pension Project is funded by the Federal government through a grant provided by the Administration for Community Living, and is a program of Elder Law of Michigan, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit.
Since the program began in 1998, the Pension Project has assisted over 13,000 clients and has recovered over 64 million dollars in pension benefits. The Pension Project assists clients in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. For more information, visit www.mid-americapensions.org.
If you need help with or information about your pension or 401(k) benefit, please call the Mid-America Pension Rights Project at 866-735-7737 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced attorneys.