Middaugh: Things to consider before taking pension buyout
Have you recently received a pension buyout offer? If so, you need to decide if you should take the buyout, which could provide you with a potentially large lump sum, or continue accepting your regular pension payments for the rest of your life. It’s a big decision.
Clearly, there’s no “one size fits all” answer – your choice needs to be based on your individual circumstances. So, as you weigh your options, you’ll need to consider a variety of key issues, including the following:
• Estate considerations – Your pension payments generally end when you and/or your spouse dies, which means your children will get none of the money. But if you were to roll the lump sum into an Individual Retirement Account, and you don’t exhaust it in your lifetime, you could still have something to leave to your family members.
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