It little serves an attorney to obtain a cheap present value or self-generated QDRO only to lose the battle in negotiations or – even worse – in court. We stand behind our work and remain available even years after we complete a report or draft an order. Our staff is available to help you negotiate pension issues until you bring them to a safe conclusion. And if the case goes to court, you will learn where we truly excel.
Prevailing in court with your present value or QDRO can be a big deal for your client – and your reputation. Because it is also a keystone of our reputation and success it is a central focus of our services. What good is an expert that fails to prevail when the case is litigated?
Consider this Court of Appeals case where the difference in the present values done by the two opposing experts for the STRS pension was $224,539.07. The QDRO Group present value was $355,761.91 while the opposing expert, a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries, testified that the value the court should accept was $131,222.84. The trial court adopted QDRO Group’s value and then the Ohio Third District Court of Appeals in Forman v. Forman, 2014-Ohio-3545 upheld that decision.
The point we are making? Obtain present values from a company with trained expert witnesses that have a very high likelihood of holding up in court and that will absolutely convince your client that you selected the right expert for the case.
Over the years we have had ten different expert witnesses appear for the QDRO Group (Pension Evaluators, QDRO Consultants, Kelley, Shulman & Co., LLC) over 1,700 times with stunning success. And we are always in the process of training the next generation of witnesses. If you want a sample of how our contested cases have gone over the last handful of years go to Four Recently Contested Cases on Present Values and QDROs.
Of course, our success is based on experience and expertise but, most of all, it is based on an incredible work ethic. We constantly review the prevailing case law both for our treatises and the cases we are working on and then do the following in preparing for litigation: