An Experienced ERISA Lawyer in Los Angeles County Who Will Fight for You
Many employers, unions, and other entities throughout Los Angeles County and Ventura County that must pay retirement and other benefits to plan participants aggressively seek to reduce costs by curtailing those benefits or making them difficult to collect. The Federal Employment Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, guarantees those benefits in most situations and provides remedies, including court costs and the fees of an ERISA lawyer, for individual beneficiaries forced to initiate litigation to recover their entitled monies or services. From the San Fernando Valley to the South Bay, experienced attorney Mark H. Boykin obtains wrongfully withheld benefits in these situations at minimal cost to the beneficiary.
Frequently Asked Questions Our Ventura County Retirement Benefit Litigator Receives
What is ERISA?
ERISA is a comprehensive federal system of laws and regulations which insures that promised benefits are provided to employees, union members, and others. If your covered benefits have been improperly denied or made too difficult to collect, you need a retirement benefit litigator like Mark H. Boykin.
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 governmental entities.
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 benefits.
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 its faster calendar management.
What is the cost of suing to recover my benefits?
The Court can, and usually does, award attorney’s 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. 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 H. Boykin to arrange for your consultation at his San Fernando Valley office. Mark will respond to you personally. If you prefer, you may fill out the online contact form and share your concerns with Mark now.