Understand Your Pension Rights Under ERISA
You paid into your pension for years, but now, your pension is denied when it’s time to collect those benefits. Sometimes, employers deny retirement benefits because of technicalities, policy changes or incorrect employment records. However, pension plans offered by private employers are shielded from undue tampering by the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).
Whatever the reason for the denial of your pension benefits is, our experienced Fresno, California, attorneys at ERISA Law Center are here to help you understand your rights and fight to restore your benefits.
Appealing Denied Pension Plans
If your pension has been denied, it is essential to appeal the decision immediately. When your pension plan is denied, you must be informed that your pension will be canceled or diminished at least 60 days before the cancellation date. The notification of denial must include specific instructions about how to appeal, which may depend on the rules set by the pension plan provider. After receiving notification of cancellation, you have 60 days to request an appeal. A party will review your pension appeal and has 120 days to notify you of their decision.
If you suspect that mismanagement has caused the diminishing of your pension fund, you can file a lawsuit against the administrator. This lawsuit will need to go to federal court. Our lawyers have experience litigating in these courts and know how to represent your interests.
The appeal process can be confusing and overwhelming. There are a lot of steps and factors you must consider on top of an already stressful situation. One of our attorneys can advise you on your options and help you through the next steps in the process.
You Worked Hard For Your Retirement Benefits – Let Us Work Hard For You
For over 35 years, ERISA Law Center has been helping our clients fight for their rights to their pension plans. Our lawyers have experience appealing denials and litigating claims, and they pride themselves on providing intelligent representation to our clients. Call ERISA Law Center at 559-549-6490 or contact us online for a consultation and get started on your appeal today.