Love, Marriage And The Retirement Plan

The federal government got into an area previously reserved for the states spousal property rights with the enactment of the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 (REA).1 This statute requires all qualified retirement plans provide the spouses of plan participants with certain rights to the participants' benefits.2 These rights can restrict a client's ability to dispose of his benefits by a premarital agreement,

The federal government got into an area previously reserved for the states — spousal property rights — with the enactment of the Retirement Equity Act of 1984 (REA).1 This statute requires all qualified retirement plans provide the spouses of plan participants with certain rights to the participants' benefits.2 These rights can restrict a client's ability to dispose of his benefits by a premarital agreement, as part of his estate plan and even during life. Estate planner

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