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ATTORNEY PREPARED

QUALIFIED DOMESTIC RELATIONS ORDERS

THIS IS A CRITICAL DIFFERENCE !

  • Consider the dangers and liabilities that could result from an attorney’s delegation of a legal function “Drafting a Court Order” to a Non-Lawyer.
  • Our mission is to provide prompt, responsive service to the family lawyer, mediator or Pro-se litigant. We keep it simple so that the tasks of the retaining attorney are minimized. Troyan’s experience can work for you by reducing the time and complexity of QDRO preparation and Pension Evaluations. When you call Troyan, Inc. you address your concerns to a firm with many years of pension experience. We remove the complexity from your QDRO negotiations, drafting and dealings with Plan Administrators.
  • This website contains in depth articles and analysis of issues relevant to Family Practitioner and Divorcing Spouses.
  • This website contains In-Depth Learning Aids Designed to Enhance the Skill Based of the Family Attorney

SCOPE OF OUR ATTORNEY DRAFTING EXPERIENCE

Federal Civil Service

  • Civil Service Retirement System
  • Federal Employees Retirement System
  • Foreign Service Retirement System
  • Federal Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

State & Municipal Retirement Systems

  • Public Employee Retirement Systems
  • Law Enforcement and Firefighter Retirement Systems
  • Teacher Retirement Systems
  • Tax Deferred Annuities
  • § 403(b) Plans
  • § 457 Plans
  • ESOP Plans

Military Retirement Systems (All Branches)

  • Active Duty Retirement Plans
  • Reserve Component Retirement Plans
  • Survivor Benefit Protection Plan
  • Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Plan

Corporate Retirement Programs (ERISA)

  • Qualified Defined Benefit PlanS
  • Qualified Defined Contribution Plans
  • § 401(k) Plans
  • Thrift & Savings Plans
  • Salary Reduction Plans

Collectively Bargained Pension Plans

Non-Qualified Plans and Arrangements

  • Executive Compensation
  • Stock Option Plans
  • Restricted Stock Plans
  • Performance Based Plans
  • Excess Benefit Plans
  • Supplemental Executive Retirement Plans (SERP)

Negotiation and Drafting Support

Troyan, Inc. explores with retaining counsel the advantages and disadvantages of both the Immediate Offset Method Settlement Method and the Deferred Distribution Settlement Method (see discussion in “Basic Text” section). Increasingly we work with counsel or mediators to suggest “settlement optimizing formulas” that are supportive of your client. Drafting to support these settlement formats becomes integral to language to be inserted into your Property Settlement Agreement. Our first duty is to protect the retaining attorney from client dismay resulting from a flawed settlement or an allegation of economic harm.

The attorney or mediator is alerted to a settlement format that is supportive of her or his client. Simultaneously the attorney is advised as to proposed settlement offers by the adversary that might be to the retaining attorneys detriment.

When “Jointly Retained”, our goal is to craft a settlement that is not to the detriment of either attorney. This often is an outcome of extended joint conferences with respective counsel, during which a variety of settlement formats are presented and explained.

In sum, we provide support to the attorney and make a concerted effort to protect the retaining attorney from unwise actions regarding Domestic Relations Orders.

Language for Property Settlement Agreements

Language for any Property Settlement Agreement is jurisdictionally and plan specific. We offer technical support that enables practitioners to craft settlement agreements that evidence a comprehensive understanding of the significance of the subject plan’s provisions. We can prepare language for the pension portion of the Property Settlement Agreement that complies with the specific requirements of the employer and the plan’s unique features. Additionally, drafting traps that are unique to the subject plan are explained and appropriate language provided.

Dispute Resolution

In more than 68% of matters involving this firm we are jointly retained. Our mission is attorney support. Every effort is made in the course of working with retaining counsel or mediator to provide comprehensive and equitable service that is alert to the stresses and challenges of attorneys working directly with demanding clients. Frequently, we are called upon to “harmonize” the divergent views of opposing parties. In such matters our efforts are directed to making clear to respective counsel the impact to their client of the various options discussed. At the conclusion of stressful cases we advise the attorney regarding procedures to employ at the close of the matter that operate as a bar to post-divorce client dissatisfaction.