Jen - Generally, beneficiary information is maintained by the employer who sponsors the 401(k) plan. Try contacting the human resources department at your father's employer.
A quick way to find out good contact information is to go to the Brightscope home page. Type in your father's employer in the RIGHT HAND search box (the left hand one will just get you a list of financial advisors). Then click on the Form 5500 tab in the results and you will get both the company plan point of contact and the 401k plan administrator point of contact information. You'll probably need to get the executor of the estate to do the coordination on this.
Linda, you need to contact the plan administrator and get a distribution form. This form will likely need to be signed off by Human Resources. Contact HR to get the form if they provide it, but you will probably need to get the contact number for the plan administrator, who will provide you the form.
This sounds like preaching, because, I guess, it is. But unless it is a dire emergency, you should try to save these funds earmarked for retirement and roll them into an IRA. You would avoid income taxation plus 10% penalty if you’re under 55. When you get to retirement age you may need these funds even more than you need them now
Was he an employee of Well Fargo, or was his pension plan through Wells Fargo...
I'll try and find a contact for you if I know which...
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