Many employers offer benefit plans for those who work for them. As you dedicate your time and talents to your workplace, you probably hope to gain something in return. In many cases, retirement and pension plans are an important part of a decision to accept an employment offer. However, when you run into trouble, do you know where to turn?
If you run into a problem with your benefit plan, you may be able to exercise your options under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). ERISA laws are incredibly complex – so much so that there are specific things you might want to find when you request attorney assistance to handle your claim.
3 Things that may help you reach favorable results in your case
When you run into a legal dispute and need representation to help you defend your rights, you may not know who to turn to for help. However, certain traits might help you feel more comfortable when making your choice. These include:
- Experience – How long has this person been handling ERISA claims? And to what extent does this lawyer handle claims? Although he or she cannot discuss the specifics of cases they have previously handled, you may ask about the results they have had. As in many cases, laws change over time, and proven experience in both understanding and helping clients navigate through the changes which can affect their retirement might be of extreme importance to you.
- Communication – You will likely want to be as informed as possible throughout your case. Perhaps you will consider how quickly someone gets back to you. You might also think about how a person makes you feel – is he or she truly listening to your concerns?
- Dedication – At some point, you might need to appeal a court’s decision. Will whomever you choose to work with stand by you and fight to get you what you are entitled to in a settlement?
There is never a guarantee about the outcome of a case. However, you may be most comfortable working toward a favorable result with someone you feel will keep you involved throughout the process, as well as someone who you feel you can trust.