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Divorce Cases Involving Government Retirement Plans, Military Benefits, And Union-Sponsored Plans

SKU:WC-1015090
Date / Time: Recorded
Format: Webinar
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Retirement benefits often comprise the bulk of the marital estate. Dividing retirement accounts is one of the most important aspects of divorce cases. Private ERISA plans, Federal and state employee retirement plans (FERS, CSRS, TSP), military retirement benefits, railroad retirement benefits and union sponsored benefit planspresent unique issues in divorce.

Each of these types of retirement benefits commonly encountered in divorce are very different. For example, CSRS members receive a larger monthly pension, but no Social Security; in contrast employees entitled to FERS receives both a pension benefit and Social Security. It is important for family law attorneys to understand how to distinguish the differences and analyze benefit statements and Plan documents. Errors can result in loss of benefits (or overpayment) to the non-employee spouse.

Division of an FERS or CSRS annuity by a court order can have significant repercussions. One of the most serious repercussion can be the loss of survivor benefits to the non-participant spouse if the judgment of divorce is not drafted properly.

Considering the prevalence of pitfalls, the potential impact of errors, and the frequency that divorce actions involve these types of assets, practitioners must anticipate and avoid mistakes in drafting the settlement agreement or judgment of divorce, and the Orders effectuating the division of these types of assets.

Listen as our panel of experienced attorneys discusses best practices for drafting and structuring settlements and judgments of divorce and QDROs, and offers practical solutions to prevent the most prevalent errors.

Course Outline

  • Federal and state employee retirement plans unique aspects
  • Military Retirement plans unique aspects
  • Other unique benefit plans
  • Drafting considerations in the pension division section of settlement agreements, judgments of divorce and QDROs
  • Common pitfalls and mistakes to avoid
Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:
  • What unique considerations should counsel be aware of involving federal and state employee retirement plans, military pension plans and union sponsored benefit plans?
  • What are the most common drafting errors in settlement agreements or judgments of divorce relating to federal and state employee benefit plans?
  • What retirement information should be requested and reviewed prior to drafting or reviewing a settlement or a QDRO?


Credits Available

This program has been approved for 2.0 CPE hours through Strafford Publications. CPE Credit is available only for the LIVE webcast. Recorded versions do not qualify for credit.

Strafford is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit.

Processing

To obtain CPE credit, attendees must participate in the live event, return an Official Record of Attendance to Strafford affirming their participation (including the CPE code announced during the program), and pay a processing fee of $35 per person.

Credit Confirmation

Strafford will mail a certificate of credit within approximately 2 weeks of receiving an attendee's completed Official Record of Attendance—provided all required conditions have been satisfied.



Delivery

Handout materials and the phone number for live presentations are made available to you 1 day prior to the event via email from the presenter. Copies of the presentations are included with recorded versions.

If you order a recorded version of the webinar, CD's will be mailed out approximately 10 days after the live event. Shipping is included in the price of recorded versions.

Cannot Attend The Live Presentation?

This presentation is also available in a recorded format, in CD version, as shown in the pricing options below.

About Webcasts / Audio Conferences / Podcasts:

Webcasts, audio conferences, and podcasts are presentations that you attend via the Internet, phone, or mobile device at a specified date and time for "live" versions, or at your convenience for "recorded" and "On-Demand" versions.

The live versions are interactive, meaning that participants can ask questions in real time, plus are a very cost-effective form of training because 1) you receive fast, convenient learning without any out-of-office time; 2) you can invite as many colleagues as you'd like to listen in on a single phone line; 3) you incur no travel expenses; and 4) you and your colleagues are back at work immediately after the session ends!

And though with recorded versions you do lose the ability to ask questions, you gain the ability to hear the presentation numerous times and to share it with others in your office.

Handout materials and the phone number for live presentations are made available to you prior to the event via email from the presenter and from the "MyAccount" link on the menu bar. Copies of the presentations are included with recorded versions.

Licenses / Designations / Educational Credits:CLE
All US States: 1.5

CPE
All US States: 2
About The Provider: Strafford Publications, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be addressed to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 700, Nashville, TN, 37219-2417 or by visiting their website.

Strafford webinars and teleconferences offer an excellent opportunity to train your entire staff—with no lost travel time or expenses. They are extremely cost-effective—allowing an unlimited number of people at your location to listen from a single line at no additional charge.

Each live seminar features presentations by a panel of nationally recognized authorities, followed by an interactive Q&A session. Presentation materials can be viewed online or printed out. Audio can be accessed via the web or a telephone.
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