I gave my attorney $2500.00 to make sure I received my marital portion of ex's FF Pension. I was told that the Qildro was executed and that his job was finished. Now I am being told I need a calculation order and that it will cost me an addition $700.00...WHAT!? I still do not have any clue as to what the value is of this Pension I have been fighting for. In the meantime, half of my 401k plan has been cleared out by my ex. My ex turns 50 TOMORROW and can start collecting if he so chooses - I am so frustrated...someone kindly help. I at the very least need a new lawyer to get this done and quick!
Yes, you need an attorney. there are many good ones near you. You cannot help you in this online forum.
You're talking about a State Employee Retirement System (SERS) peculiarity -- the Calculation Order is a snap -- figure $500. Most retirement plans just have this information as part of the QDRO. Not SERS; no sir! For them you have to submit a separate "calculation order" that spells everything out in a particular sequence and format.
Your attorney should have done it as part of the QUILDRO. You'd still have to pay your attorney for the work, however, so paying $500 - $700 now is no reason to complain: pay then or pay now, it's all the same.
There's no arguing here, either -- the Calc. Order is a function of the QUILDRO -- all the numbers and percentages come from the QUILDRO. It's just a matter of getting the information (you say you already have the QUILDRO) and then stepping up before the judge.
A WORD OF WARNING: I think you really don't have the QUILDRO -- you say you do, but you also say that you have no idea of how much your former husband's pension is worth. If you had a QUILDRO, that information would be included in the QUILDRO; that is, you'd KNOW the value of tte pension. So, figure out what you know and what you don't know -- if you have the QUILDRO, read it and get the valuation information. If you can't find the QUILDRO, you probably need to have one prepared.
Get this done fast (like, today). Until you get teh Cal Order submitted to the retirement plan, you lose out on your share. That's why your attorney should have done this back when you got divorced.
BTW: If your former attorney was in my office, call me -- we'll clean up the mess no charge, on an expedited basis.
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