401 k from Walmart inc hard to get out for good reasons?

In 2009 I went to the hospital for a injury the bill came so I tried to get money out of my 401k from Merrill Lynch thru Walmart but I a, 100 % vested with 12 years of service. They rejected it after I sent ll the info they want to show it was a bill Know in 2011 I am being sued over the same amount so i ask for a hardship withdrawal fax the paper of the amount I being sued from and again rejected why is it so hard to get my money out for what I need it for.

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  • 8 years ago
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    401k plans are for retirement PERIOD.

    Many plans have provisions for hardship withdrawals. But not all plans have this provision. That is likely your problem.

    Editorial comment - many Americans don't save enough for retirement. They are constantly getting loans or cashing out retirement accounts. Or they simply don't save enough. Then when they get to retirement age & they have no money, they whine 'social security isn't enough to retire on'. Golly, whose fault is that??

  • 8 years ago

    Rules vary by employer for 401k. Not all companies allow for loans or withdrawals. It sounds like Walmart has a pretty strict plan and your request simply doesn't qualify as a hardship under their definition.

    Your 401k is for retirement. It isn't savings or a slush fund. When you actually retire, you will be glad that you have that money. By the way, a judgment can't touch your 401k.

    Source(s): BD
  • 8 years ago

    I'm sorry that you were using your 401K as some sort of an emergency fund. That is not what it is intended to be at all....

  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Because the 401K was supposed to be your retirement. This was not supposed to be your only savings.

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  • R K
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    8 years ago

    you can take money out before your 62. you will just pay a penalty. they can't keep you from taking it out if you want it. it will just cost 30% to take it out if your under 62.

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