I wasn't looking for a name, but rather a general description of whom you were talking about. When one uses a pronoun without a clear antecedent, it results in ambiguity. When engaging in legal analysis, ambiguity is a bad thing. For example, instead of writing, "My mother had a pension, unbeknownst to us, that they contacted her about," you might have written, "My mother had a pension that we didn't know about, and the pension administrator contacted her to discuss XYZ" (or something like that). I'm going to assume that "they" refers to the pension administrator, but as noted, it's not clear from what you wrote.
In any event, whether her initiation of the payout makes it so that the money goes to her estate rather than to you as designated beneficiary depends on the terms of the pension's governing documents. You can google for "spokane lawyers who handle pension matters." If you can get the pension company to pay you as a beneficiary, it will be better than if it pays the money to the estate because a payment to the estate would be subject to claims of creditors.
Or maybe he meant 2016 or 2017. You know what they say about assume. To assume makes an Ass of u and me.
We discussed it again in the spring of 2018 and then again in October 2018. October we again called them to confirm I was the beneficiary and that there was nothing more we needed to do other than complete the forms and mail them in. We were told that was it. In all those times we, our fault for, assumed since there was a beneficiary that no matter what happened the money would be paid out.
She initiated the payout and passed within 3 days. Did she know something was happening, I think not. Her body just shut down, like turning off a switch.
I contacted the pension admin, no exaggeration I have the times and dates, 23 times for clarification. Until the 21st time they were willing to speak to me and then it was like I was the plague. They requested documents for identity verification, estate documents and other stuff. Then it was all legal and unfriendly on their part.
I received a formal statement from them in April 2019 stating what I posted as their reason for denial of payout. Then in May 2019 I received, not my mom or her estate, information about "funding of the pension", the legal stuff you get yearly.
I did search, as you suggested, and came up with some firms. I will contact them next week.
Thanks to all!!!