Do your plan files include completed Beneficiary Designation Forms for each participant?
Have any of the plan participants had a life event that may cause their current beneficiary designation form to misrepresent the participant’s current intentions?
This might be a good time to take a look at your files and ensure they’re complete and up-to-date. In the absence of a Beneficiary Designation Form, the Plan’s governing document does provide for ordering rules with respect to the default beneficiaries. The Plan’s governing plan document will also generally designate a party to be held responsible for maintaining the beneficiary designation forms. While your recordkeeper/custodian may track such designations on behalf of the party responsible, in most cases this role falls to the Plan Administrator/Employer.
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