Who can inherit your pension?
The Canada Pension Plan (CPP) survivor’s pension is paid to the person who, at the time of death, is the legal spouse or common-law partner of the deceased contributor. If you are a separated legal spouse and the deceased had no common-law partner, you may qualify for this benefit.
Can you have a beneficiary on your pension?
When you initially enroll in your employer’s pension plan, you’ll be asked to name a beneficiary. The beneficiary is the person who will receive your pension when you die. Much like naming a beneficiary on a life insurance policy, you can name one or more individuals to receive the benefits of your pension.
Is it better to take pension or lump sum?
If the payment from the lump sum is significantly better than the annual (adjusted) pension, chose the lump sum if you feel you can manage the investments. If the annual (adjusted) pension number is significantly higher than the payment from the lump sum, that may be the better choice.
Can I take tax free lump sum from more than one pension?
Steve Webb replies: You can draw down from two different pots at different times if you wish. Taking a tax-free lump sum of up to 25 per cent from one shouldn’t affect your ability to take 25 per cent from the second later on.