TITLE 2 ††††††††††††† PUBLIC FINANCE
CHAPTER 84†††† MAGISTRATE RETIREMENT
PART 800††††††††††† SURVIVOR PENSION
2.84.800.1†††††††††††† ISSUING AGENCY:† Public Employees Retirement Association, P. O. Box 2123, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2123
[10-15-97; 2.84.800.1 NMAC - Rn, 2 NMAC 84.800.1, 12-28-01]
2.84.800.2†††††††††††† SCOPE:† This rule affects the members, former members, retirees, beneficiaries, public employers, retirement board and the association under the Magistrate Retirement Act.
[10-15-97; 2.84.800.2 NMAC - Rn, 2 NMAC 84.800.2, 12-28-01; A, 9-30-03]
2.84.800.3†††††††††††† STATUTORY AUTHORITY:† This rule is authorized by NMSA 1978, Sections 10-12C-3 and 10-12C-13, as amended.
[10-15-97; 2.84.800.3 NMAC - Rn, 2 NMAC 84.800.3, 12-28-01]
2.84.800.4†††††††††††† DURATION:† Permanent.
[10-15-97; 2.84.800.4 NMAC - Rn, 2 NMAC 84.800.4, 12-28-01]
2.84.800.5†††††††††††† EFFECTIVE DATE:† November 1, 1994 unless a different date is cited at the end of a section.
[10-15-97; 2.84.800.5 NMAC - Rn, 2 NMAC 84.800.5, 12-28-01]
2.84.800.6†††††††††††† OBJECTIVE:† The objective of this rule is to establish the procedure for the payment of a survivor pension under the Magistrate Retirement Act.
[10-15-97; 2.84.800.6 NMAC - Rn, 2 NMAC 84.800.6, 12-28-01]
2.84.800.7†††††††††††† DEFINITIONS:† [Reserved]
2.84.800.8†††††††††††† PROCEDURE:† The procedure for payment of a survivor pension is:
††††††††††††††† A.††††††††††† Applicants for pre-retirement survivor pensions shall notify PERA of the death of the member and complete an application for benefits.
††††††††††††††† B.††††††††††† The completed application shall be returned to PERA along with the following documents:
††††††††††††††††††† (1) ††††A certified copy of the death certificate or other proof of death acceptable in a court of law;
††††††††††††††††††† (2)†††† If the application is for a surviving spouse: copy of the marriage license or other proof of marital status acceptable in a court of law, and an affidavit of the surviving spouse that he or she and the deceased member were married at the time of death and stating whether there are any surviving minor children of the deceased;
††††††††††††††††††† (3)†††† Proof of age of the surviving spouse, surviving minor children or other designated beneficiary.† Acceptable documents for proof of age shall be a birth certificate, a baptismal certificate, a copy of a life insurance policy, a certified copy of a voter registration issued over ten (10) years prior, or proof of age meeting a standard at least equivalent to that applied by the social security administration.
††††††††††††††††††† (4)†††† Documents required under the Probate Code for payments to a minor if the application is on behalf of minor and dependent children.
††††††††††††††††††† (5)†††† Affidavit that the applicant is not married or otherwise emancipated if the applicant is a child of the deceased member.
††††††††††††††††††† (6)†††† Copies of social security cards for all prospective payees.
††††††††††††††††††† (7)†††† If the member has been divorced, the applicant shall provide PERA with complete endorsed copies of all court documents the association deems necessary to ascertain the marital status of the member at the time of death and whether any ex-spouse of the member is entitled to any portion of any benefits payable.† Such documents shall include the final decrees and marital property settlements of all marriages during the memberís covered employment as a magistrate.† If the memberís only divorce was prior to becoming a member, then the final divorce decree is required, but no marital property settlement is required.† If the member was divorced more than once before becoming a member, then only the most recent final decree is required.
††††††††††††††† C.††††††††††† The application shall be considered to be "filed" when PERA receives the completed application as evidenced by a writing on the application indicating the date of receipt by PERA.† Upon filing of the application, and accompanying documentation as required in subsection B above, PERA will calculate the pension payable and begin paying the pension effective the first day of the month following the date of the death resulting in the pension.† The amount of the survivor pension shall be submitted to the board for ratification at the next regular meeting following the date of the first payment of survivor pension to the applicant.
††††††††††††††† D.††††††††††† Military death.† Effective with respect to deaths occurring on or after January 1, 2007, while a member is performing qualified military service, as defined in Chapter 43 of Title 38, United States Code, to the extent required by Internal Revenue Code Section 401(a)(37), survivors of such member are entitled to any additional benefits that the plan would provide if the member had resumed employment and then died, such as accelerated vesting or survivor benefits that are contingent on the member's death while employed.† In any event, a deceased memberís period of qualified military service must be counted for vesting purposes.
[10-15-97; 11-15-97; 2.84.800.8 NMAC - Rn, 2 NMAC 84.800.8, 12-28-01; A, 12-15-09; A, 12-30-13]
HISTORY of 2.84.800 NMAC:
Pre-NMAC History: The material in this part was derived from that previously filed with the State Records Center and Archives under:
MRA Rule 600.00, Survivors Benefits, filed on 12-29-89;
MRA Rule 800, Survivor Pension, filed on 7-1-92;
MRA Rule 800, Survivor Pension, filed on 11-1-94.