Attached is a 7 page question and answer format update on things to consider and do if you are certain about or considering retiring at the end of this school year (July 1, 2011). A copy of Act 565 that defines "termination" for ATRS is also attached as referenced in the update. This update addresses some of the most important things to do and consider as you plan your retirement. The questions were developed by the ATRS Benefits and Counseling staff. The questions are those that the staff felt were most either the most important or most commonly asked questions by members considering retirement. The intent is to help clarify the steps to a smooth retirement with some directions on tailoring your benefits to fit your particular needs. The list of questions got longer as executive staff worked on the list. Hopefully the result includes answers to many of the questions that a potential retiree has considered or should be considering in an easier to read format. It this format is well received, you can expect similar updates soon for active members and T-DROP (entrants, participants, and exiting). Please let ATRS know what you think about this format. If you have suggestions on improvements to the format or additional topics, please send an email to give ATRS your suggestions.
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