Option Choices

The Probate Judges Retirement Fund provides a survivor pension for all their members who designate such survivor.


Active and Vested members of the Fund may designation a survivor prior to retirement to take effect in the event that the member passes away before retirement. In all cases, the survivor's benefits will commence at the time the Judge would have been 60 years old. To designate or change your Pre-Retirement survivor information, please complete the Download this pdf file.Pre-Retirement Option Choice Form .


At retirement with the JPC Retirement Fund, your option choice form nullifies any previous option choice forms tied to your account. After retirement, you may not change your designated survivor. [However, if your survivor predeceases you, you may request to "pop-up" to the Option 1 Benefit (this is subject to board approval)].


  1. Option 1: 50% Joint Life with Age Restriction. The Probate Judge will receive the maximum benefits provided by law. At the death of the member, the designated survivor will receive one-half of the amount the member was receiving. Such benefits will become effective upon the designated survivor attaining 60 years of age.
  2. Option 2: 100% Joint Life Annuity – No Age Restriction. The Probate Judge will receive a monthly retirement benefit based on the judge’s age and the age of the judge’s designated survivor at the time of retirement. Upon the death of the member, the designated survivor will receive the same amount in retirement benefits that was being paid to the member. Under this option, the designated survivor does NOT have to attain the age 60.
  3. Option 3: 50% Joint Life Annuity – No Age Restriction. The Probate Judge will receive a monthly retirement benefit based on the judge’s age and the age of the judge’s designated survivor at the time of retirement.  Upon the death of the member, the designated survivor will receive one-half of the amount the member was receiving. Under this option, the designated survivor does NOT have to attain the age 60. 

Designated Survivor


The designated survivor shall be a person with whom the member has a familial relationship through blood, marriage or adoption. You may have pre-chosen an option. A member, who is married, may elect a designated survivor other than his or her spouse under this subsection only with the written agreement of the spouse.