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Dividing Pension and Retirement Benefits With (Relative) Ease

Dividing pensions and retirement benefits is rarely a simple task, as many family law practitioners can attest. When it comes to splitting up retirement assets, attorneys must navigate challenging issues that require a thorough understanding of a particularly complex area of law.

Fortunately, you don't have to struggle through the process alone. An upcoming program by The Rutter Group, Dividing Pension and Retirement Benefits, can help even the most experienced family law attorneys deal with the complexities of pension and retirement benefit division -- and making a difficult, tricky area of law a bit easier.

Helping You Navigate Tricky Legal Terrain

Such divisions raise a host of issues and thus The Rutter Group program is there to cover a wide range of topics, from the difference between plan types to when valuations are required and what ethical considerations might arise when handling a client's retirement matters. (Disclosure: The Rutter Group is part of Thomson Reuters, FindLaw's parent company.)

Want to know what issues are raised by early retirement subsidies? It's covered. What about the relationship between accrual vs. vesting issues as they relate to characterization? Also covered. How should pension equity plans be address? Yes, that's there too.

The breadth of the program means that participants should be able to walk away with a thorough understanding of how to identify and address a wide range of issues.

What's more, the program will be led by experts in the field. R. Ann Fallon, who has been practicing in the field since the Retirement Equity Act was passed in 1985, will moderate. James M. Crawford, Jr., an employee benefits attorney with more than three decades under his belt, will present, alongside John C. Madden, an expert in valuation and partner at Moon, Schwartz, and Madden.

More Than Just Informative

If you're a family law attorney in California, this is a program you shouldn't miss. The event will be held live twice later this month, once in the Bay Area and once in Los Angeles. Video replays will be held in Cosa Mesa and San Diego in May.

All participants can earn three hours of MCLE credit, but that's just one of the perks. In addition to the wealth of knowledge you'll gain, enrollees have the opportunity to buy two indispensable resources: The Rutter Group's California Practice Guide: Family Law and The Rutter Group's California Practice Guide: Family Law Forms. For half price. That's a combined savings well above the cost of attendance.

So, if you're a family law practitioner in the great state of California, you won't want to miss out on this opportunity.

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