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ERISA • Employee Benefits Litigation • Business Law
ERISA - Los Angeles and Ventura County Attorney
Retirement, Health Care, or Other Benefits May be legally owed to you
Currently, many employers, unions and other entities that are obligated to pay retirement
and other benefits to plan participants are aggressively seeking to reduce their
costs by curtailing those benefits or making them difficult to collect. The Federal
Employment Retirement Income Security Act, commonly referred to as ERISA, guarantees
those benefits in most situations and provides remedies, including costs and attorneys
fees, for individual beneficiaries who are forced to initiate litigation to recover
the monies or services they are entitled to. Attorney Mark Boykin has extensive experience
in obtaining wrongfully-withheld benefits in these situations at minimal cost to
the beneficiary, typically a small advanced retainer.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
What is ERISA?
ERISA is a comprehensive Federal systems of laws and regulations which insures that
promised benefits are provided to employees, union members and others.
Is my employer or union plan covered by ERISA?
Virtually every employer or collectively-bargained plan that provides retirement,
health or other benefits to participants is covered, other than those adopted by
How can I obtain information regarding my benefit rights?
Write a letter to your plan administrator. ERISA imposes potentially-severe penalties
on plan administrators who do not respond to a written request for information regarding
If I am improperly denied benefits to which I am entitled, can I sue to recover them?
ERISA provides the beneficiary with the right to sue in Federal or State courts to
recover denied or withheld benefits. Federal court is often preferable because of
the faster manner in which its calendars are generally managed.
What is the cost of suing to recover my benefits?
The Court can, and usually does, award attorneys fees and cost to a beneficiary who
successfully sues to recover benefits. Even an unsuccessful claimant can obtain recovery
of his expenses, if the Court determines that to be in the interests of justice.
REMEMBER: YOUR RIGHTS TO VESTED BENEFITS ARE PROTECTED BY FEDERAL LAW
Call Today to Schedule a Free Consultation with a Lawyer Experienced with ERISA
During your free initial consultation, Mark Boykin can quickly identify issues and
determine the best possible course of action for you and your family members.
Call the Law Office of Mark Boykin at 818-883-0871 to arrange for your free initial
consultation at his Woodland Hills, CA office. Mark will respond to you personally.