OSGP Designation of Beneficiary
(1)Definitions. The following definitions apply for the purpose of this rule:
(a)“Administrator” means the person appointed by a probate court to handle the distribution of property of someone who has died without a will, or with a will that fails to name someone to carry out this task.
(b)“Conservator” means the person who has been appointed by a court to manage the property and financial affairs of an incapacitated person.
(c)“Executor” means the person named in a will to handle the property of someone who has died. The executor must collect and manage the property, pay debts and taxes, and distribute the remaining assets as specified in the will. In addition, the executor handles any probate court. Executors are also called personal representatives.
(d)“Personal Representative” means the person named in a will to handle the property of someone who has died. Personal representatives are also called executors.
(2)Designation of Beneficiary. When a participant in the Deferred Compensation Program dies, the benefit of the participant’s account shall be paid to the beneficiaries designated by the participant. For purposes of this rule, a participant may designate any of the following as a primary or contingent beneficiary:
(a)Any natural person(s);
(b)The personal representative or executor of the estate of the participant;
(c)A charity or other non-profit organization; or
(d)A trust that is valid under Oregon state law.
(A)If a living trust is designated, the trust must be legally in existence before the participant makes the designation.
(B)If a designated trust fails to satisfy the requirements in OAR 459-050-0300 (Required Minimum Distribution Requirements)(1)(c)(B), payment to the trust shall be made as provided in OAR 459-050-0300 (Required Minimum Distribution Requirements)(11).
(3)Surviving beneficiary or alternate payee. Any surviving beneficiary designated under section (2) of this rule or an alternate payee may designate a beneficiary in the same manner as a participant.
(4)Power of attorney. The agent shall submit a copy of the Power of Attorney document with the filing of the designation of beneficiary form. The Deferred Compensation Program may, but is not required to, accept a beneficiary designation made by an agent or attorney-in-fact appointed under a Power of Attorney document. If the Deferred Compensation Program is satisfied that a Power of Attorney document is valid, has not been revoked, and empowers the agent or attorney-in-fact to designate a beneficiary, the program shall accept a beneficiary designation made by the agent or attorney-in-fact appointed under the Power of Attorney document.
(5)Conservator. The Deferred Compensation Program shall accept a beneficiary designation made by a conservator for the participant provided that the conservator submit a certified copy of the letters of conservatorship or other court order appointing a conservator with the designation of beneficiary form.
(6)Effective date of designation of beneficiary. A designation of beneficiary is not effective until a properly completed designation on a form supplied by the Deferred Compensation Program is filed with the Deferred Compensation Program. In the event a designation of beneficiary is incomplete staff will provide notification within 30 days explaining why the form is incomplete.
(7)Revocation of designation of beneficiary. A participant, alternate payee or surviving beneficiary may revoke any and all previous beneficiary designations by filing a new designation on a properly completed form supplied by the Deferred Compensation Program. This designation must be in accordance with section (2) of this rule.
(8)Dissolution of marriage. A participant’s designation of beneficiary may be revoked or nullified by a decree of divorce, decree of annulment, or other similar circumstance effective upon the entry of a judgment that revokes the designation of the beneficiary.
(9)No Designated Beneficiary. If the designated primary and contingent beneficiaries on file with the Deferred Compensation Program have predeceased the deceased participant, surviving beneficiary, or alternate payee who made the designation, or if the program is otherwise unable to administer the designation, the Deferred Compensation Program shall distribute the benefit of the deceased’s account to the executor, personal representative, or administrator of the deceased’s estate.
(a)If the program is unable to locate the designated beneficiaries or the executor, personal representative, or administrator of the estate by December 31 of the calendar year following the participant’s death, the amount in the deceased’s account on that date shall be credited to the Deferred Compensation Fund. The amount credited may be used for the payment of administrative expenses of the Deferred Compensation Program.
(b)If the designated beneficiaries or the executor, personal representative, or administrator of the estate is later located or other future successful claim is filed, payment will be made in an amount not to exceed the balance in the deceased’s account credited to the Deferred Compensation Fund in subsection (a) of this section.
Rule 459-050-0060 — OSGP Designation of Beneficiary,