(A) As used herein, "recipient" shall mean any person who is eligible to receive a payment or benefit under Chapter 3307. of the Revised Code.
(B) Election of or payment of benefits or other monies shall be by and through a duly appointed guardian of the estate or other person specified by court order if:
(1) A recipient is under the age of eighteen and is not in the custody and care of a natural or adoptive parent; or
(2) A recipient is over the age of eighteen, but has been adjudicated incompetent by a court with jurisdiction over the recipient.
(C) Notwithstanding paragraph (B) of this rule, guardianship will not be required for payment of benefits or other monies due a recipient described in paragraph (B)(1) or paragraph (B)(2) of this rule if documentation has been provided to the retirement system and if:
(1) Guardianship has been terminated pursuant to section 2111.05 of the Revised Code or its counterpart under the laws of the state with jurisdiction over the recipient, and the court has authorized payment to a person or entity designated by the court; or
(2) A court has authorized payments due to a recipient under the age of eighteen pursuant to section 2111.131 of the Revised Code or its counterpart under the laws of the state with jurisdiction over the recipient to a person or entity designated by the court; or
(3) A court has authorized payments to a representative payee designated by the court, pursuant to some other section of the Revised Code or the laws of the state with jurisdiction over the benefit recipient.
(4) If a guardian, permanent custodian or authorized payee has not been appointed by the courts for a minor child who has no natural guardian or whose natural guardian cannot be located, monthly benefits may be paid to the person in whose custody a minor child resides, provided:
(a) If the natural guardian cannot be located, an application for payment to the person in whose custody a minor child resides must be supported by affidavits from that person and at least two other persons, at least one of whom shall be unrelated to the applicant, attesting that the whereabouts of the natural guardian are unknown.
(b) If a court has awarded temporary custody, monthly benefits will be delayed for a period up to three months following the date of death. If no permanent custody, guardianship or payee order has been made within that period and if no court order directs otherwise, payment may be made to the person who has temporary custody.
(D) Absent a court order otherwise specifying or the consent of the guardian of the estate, account or benefit information shall not be provided to persons appointed to serve only as guardians of the person. Such persons may not exercise rights specified by Chapter 3307. of the Revised Code or the Administrative Code on behalf of a minor child.
(E) Where there is no person clearly identified to the retirement system as authorized to make binding financial decisions or where the appointment by a court of a guardian or payee so requires, that person shall obtain the order of the court approving withdrawal, election of rights, selection of a plan of payment except as provided in division (F) of section 3307.60 of the Revised Code, or designation of beneficiaries.
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/28/2008 and 07/17/2013
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 3307.04
Rule Amplifies: 3307.56, 3307.562, 3307.58, 3307.60, 3307.63, 3307.631, 3307.66
Prior Effective Dates: 12/23/76, 12/26/81, 11/2/89, 5/25/99, 7/1/01 (Emer.), 9/17/ 2001