ERISA Lawyer in Montana

Serving Billings and All of Montana

Were your employee benefit claims denied? If so, then you need to hire my firm to represent you in seeking assistance and challenging the United States Department of Labor. Oftentimes, people don't realize that if their short term or long term disability payments, health benefits, or life insurance are provided through their employer, all disputes are subject to ERISA.

This means that all of these benefits are dealt with on the federal level, not the state level. This can make ERISA debates highly complicated. It is highly recommended that you hire a knowledgeable and skilled attorney to represent you in your case if you are facing an ERISA situation.

What is ERISA?

According to the United States Department of Labor, ERISA stands for the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. This act protects the assets of millions of Americans. According to ERISA, funds must be placed in retirement plans will be that will available for use when the worker retires. ERISA sets minimum standards for pension plans in private industry. Essentially, ERISA requires plans to provide participants with information about their retirement funds and the features of the plans. The plan must furnish some information regularly and automatically.

Also, ERISA sets minimum standards for participation, vesting, and benefit accrual or funding. The laws define how long a person must work before he or she can participate in the plan and accumulate benefits or how long it is until those benefits are non-forfeitable. ERISA also mandates the conduct of any plan fiduciaries, and gives participants the right to sue if they are not given the benefits that they deserve or believe they are the victim of a breach of fiduciary duty.

About ERISA Claims

The Supreme Court has declared that ERISA covers all employment-based benefits including health insurance, life insurance, and disability insurance. The intent of ERISA is to provide employees with protections from employers. Unfortunately, ERISA can often have the opposite effect, making it difficult for people to follow the steps to acquire benefits that their insurance policies promise. I can make sure that you are not slighted in any way and that you are not stripped of your rights regarding employment-based benefits.

Billings Attorney Handling ERISA Claims in Federal Courts

Most ERISA claims are dealt with in federal courts. Many lawyers are unfamiliar with the federal court environment, and as a result they may shy away from cases of this nature. This is not the case at my firm. I am confident in my ability to represent you in your ERISA case, whether you are working through an appeals process or need to pursue your claim in court. Call my firm today to learn more. I want to help you straighten out your difficulties and get the assistance that you need in your case. Don't hesitate to contact my firm today if you want more information!