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It is the responsibility of the estate Administrator to notify retirement plan Administrator's. If a beneficiary is specified, the plan Administrator contacts the beneficiary. I just found it strange that as the estate Administrator, I wasn't allowed to know if a beneficiary was even specified. Transferring the IRA to the estate EIN means that there wasn't a beneficiary but they still wouldn't state that there was no beneficiary specified.
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Ok. But I never had that problem. Of course, I was dealing with cases where there were designated beneficiaries, and I was calling as both the personal rep of the estate and as a beneficiary myself.

Bill
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