What to do in the Event of a Member’s Death
Please let SamCERA know right away.
Call our main number at (650) 599-1234, to report the member’s
death as soon as possible.
After your call, staff will research the member’s file to
determine any applicable survivor and/or death benefits.
Staff will then notify the survivor or beneficiary in writing
regarding the detail of the benefits, if any, that are
payable. Depending upon the existence and type of benefits
that are payable, SamCERA will provide instructions and include
any forms that need to be completed. In the letter, SamCERA
may also request copies of certain documents.
Please note that SamCERA will require a death certificate in
every case. It does not need to be a certified copy.
What to do in the Event of a Death of Non-Member Who Received
This section applies to the death of a:
- member’s former spouse or domestic partner who had SamCERA
benefits through a court order, or
- survivor of a member who was receiving survivor benefits.
Call our main number at (650) 599-1234, to report the death as
soon as possible. Staff will let you know what additional steps
should be taken, if any.