What has to be done when a recipient of a pension passes away?

When a beneficiary passes away the Pension Authority needs to be informed without delay. They will then discontinue the payments. The information can either be forwarded by the next of kin/executor of the estate or by the Embassy/Consulate General. The following information/documents are required by the German pension authorities:

  • Death certificate of the beneficiary (if possible original)
  • Name and file number of the Pension Authority
  • Name and contact details of the executor of the estate.

If the deceased received the payment by the NL Renten Service through the Postbank, which is most likely the case, please either immediately send an email  or send the information about the passing through the contact form of the NL Renten Service:

Email to the NL Renten Service

Webpage of the NL Renten Service   

The pensioner/estate is entitled to the pension for the month in which he/she passed away. In most cases the pension payment was made at the beginning of the month/end of the previous month. Pension payments which are made after this time must be paid back to the pension authority.

Please note that after the notification of the death has been received in Germany, it can take several weeks until payments will be stopped due to banking procedures. As many pensions are paid at the beginning of a month, overpayments occur regularly. The Pension Authority will try to retrieve the money from the account, to which the pension was paid, directly or will contact the next of kin. If the pension was paid by check, please do not cash it.