Refusal to grant a pension

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Refusal to grant a pension

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When the time comes to apply for a pension, you need to contact the relevant territorial office of the Pension Fund. Within 10 days from the moment your application was received, this body must make a positive or negative decision. So, often the decision is exactly negative, and with a formal indication of those reasons that have no place in practice. Let's consider this in more detail, and also touch on what the services of the law firm "Prikhodko&Partners" can be useful for.

 

Why does the Pension Fund of Ukraine refuse to issue a pension?

So, the most common reasons are:

  • Lack of seniority. In such a case, it is necessary to prove its existence or the right to have seniority in certain positions credited on preferential terms. For example, for military personnel, it can be a preferential service of years, when a month is counted as three due to participation in hostilities.
  • Shortcomings in filling out the work book. For example, it can be unclear handwriting and difficulty in deciphering what is written.
  • Work in other countries. This is a fairly widespread question, which became even more relevant in the war.
  • Questions regarding certification of workplaces. This is also a fairly common reason when PF officials have unfounded claims, which are transferred to the responsibility of the pensioner himself.
  • Absence of clarifying documents that could confirm preferential work experience, or information that a person worked in harmful conditions. The second concerns those who claim a preferential pension under Lists № 1 and № 2.
  • Inaccuracies in documents. For example, there are discrepancies in the spelling of the surname and first name in the employment book and passport. In such a case, PF representatives may consider that the work book belongs to another person. Accordingly, they will refuse to issue a pension.
  • Issuance of a certificate of work experience in the territories that are temporarily not under the control of Ukraine. In such a situation, the question arises about the validity of documents issued by representatives of quasi-state entities.
  • Lack of age in documents. This may be typical for persons who are entitled to a preferential pension according to Lists № 1 and № 2.

There may be other reasons as well, but these are the most common.

What to do if you were refused a pension?

The most effective way to restore the violated right is to appeal the decision to refuse to grant a pension. It is worth choosing the option of appeal in court, because the interaction with the Pension Fund itself directly shows that this is not an effective method of influence. You can apply to the court no later than 6 months from the day when the person learned or should have learned that his right is being violated.

 

Why should you choose us?

Specialists of the "Prikhodko&Partners" law office are used to working for results. We do not stop halfway and do everything necessary to protect your interests and for the Pension Fund to award you a pension. From practice, we know very well how often the Pension Fund violates the rights of pensioners, which it should support and facilitate in their realization.

But, instead of lamenting unfulfilled expectations of justice, we know how to restore it in an effective way. So we will gladly help you with this. Fill out the form on our website and our lawyer will call you.

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