As a member, you may designate a beneficiary who will be
entitled to receive certain benefits that may be payable upon
your death. You can designate any person or legal entity (such as
a living trust) as a beneficiary and you may change your
beneficiary at any time.
Your selection of a beneficiary is very
important because it affects whether your
spouse/domestic partner can qualify for a lifetime monthly
Survivorship benefit upon your death. For your spouse/domestic
partner to be eligible for a lifetime benefit, one of the
following must apply:
Your spouse/domestic partner must be designated as your sole
primary beneficiary, or
There are no beneficiaries designated with LACERS
and you are survived by either your spouse/domestic partner
(LACERS-registered or State-Registered).
If you do not designate a beneficiary, your contributions will be
paid based on the Order of Succession; spouse or LACERS-
registered or State-registered domestic partner, children,
parents, or estate as stated in the Los Angeles Administrative
Code and/or the Probate Code.
Updating Your Beneficiaries with LACERS
Important Note - You must submit a
beneficiary form to LACERS to ensure that your benefits are
paid to the individuals you intend in the order in which you
designate. Submitting a beneficiary form to
Personnel’s Employee Benefits is not
sufficient to cover your benefits here with LACERS. LACERS and
the Personnel’s Employee Benefits section are two distinct
entities with separate benefit offerings and a beneficiary form
must be filled with each entity.