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A Constitutional Challenge to Florida's New Unclaimed Property Act Amendments

In April, Florida amended its Disposition of Unclaimed Property Act (“Act”) to require life insurers to perform Death Master File (DMF) searches for all policies issued since 1992. The amended Act also provides that a DMF...more

Illinois Treasurer Holds Statewide Hearings on Life Insurers that Do Not Pay Death Benefits

Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs has called for statewide hearings to educate the public on how life insurance companies avoid paying death benefits. The first hearing is scheduled for August 17th in Normal,...more

Ten Things You Should Know About the 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act

The 2016 Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (2016 Act) was adopted unanimously by the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) in a 49-0 vote at its 2016 summer meeting. The adoption of the revised model law is a significant step forward for...more

A New Landscape - Compliance clarifications and planning opportunities for governmental and tax-exempt employers sponsoring...

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) published its long-awaited proposed regulations (the Proposed Regulations) under Section 457(f) of the Internal Revenue Code (the Code). Section 457(f) governs the taxation...more

Review of Section 409A Proposed Regulations

On June 22, 2016, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued proposed changes to the regulations under the Internal Revenue Code (Code) §409A. The Code intends to clarify or modify a wide range of very restrictive rules...more

Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up - July 2016 (UK)

The latest edition of DLA Piper's Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up newsletter reports on some recent determinations made by the Pensions Ombudsman (PO) and Deputy Pensions Ombudsman (DPO), and provides statistics on the outcomes...more

New Proposed Regulations for Section 457(f) Nonqualified Deferred Compensation Arrangements of Non-Profit and Governmental...

The Internal Revenue Service recently released long anticipated proposed regulations (the “Proposed Regulations”) governing deferred compensation arrangements maintained by tax-exempt organizations and governmental entities...more

The Proposed Code Section 457 Regulations Have Arrived

On June 22, 2016, the IRS finally issued the long-awaited proposed regulations under Internal Revenue Code (“Code”) Section 457. Code Section 457 applies to deferred compensation plans or arrangements of tax-exempt entities...more

Good News! New 409A Regulations (Yes, Really!) – Part 3: Don’t Fear the (409A) Reaper

On the TV show Futurama, the aged proprietor of the delivery company Planet Express, Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth, had a habit of entering a room where the other characters were gathered and sharing his trademark line,...more

Employee Benefits Advisory: New Proposed 457 Regulations May Impact Deferred Compensation Arrangements Maintained by Tax-Exempt...

On June 21, 2016, concurrent with its issuance of proposed regulations under Code section 409A, the IRS also issued proposed regulations under Code section 457, which address deferred compensation arrangements covering...more

"Executive Compensation and Benefits Alert: IRS Issues New Section 409A Guidance"

In an unexpected development, on June 21, 2016, the IRS issued proposed regulations that clarify and modify the final regulations issued in 2007 and the proposed income inclusion regulations issued in 2008. In many cases,...more

IRS Issues Proposed Regulations Under Code Section 457 Affecting Deferred Compensation Plans of Tax-Exempt Organizations

The Internal Revenue Service recently issued proposed regulations under Section 457 of the Internal Revenue Code (the “Code”) that prescribe rules regarding deferred compensation plans sponsored by state and local governments...more

Pensions Ombudsman round-up: May 2016

Welcome to the latest edition of DLA Piper's Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up newsletter in which we report on some recent determinations made by the Pensions Ombudsman (PO) and Deputy Pensions Ombudsman (DPO), and provide...more

FINRA Issues Largest Fine Regarding Variable Annuities Contracts

On May 3, 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority announced that MetLife Securities, Inc. agreed to pay $25 million to settle allegations that the company misled its customers in tens of thousands of variable...more

Life Insurance and Estate Planning

Life insurance can play an important role in estate planning. It is important to understand the uses and purposes of life insurance and the tax consequences of owning a policy and receiving a death benefit....more

Split to Be Tied!

Looking Beyond the Morrissette Decision and Around the Corner for Inter-Generational Split Dollar - Overview - I have had the opportunity throughout my career to know top life insurance agents as well as several top...more

Florida Imposes Additional Unclaimed Property Requirements on Life Insurers

On April 12, Florida Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 0966 into law. SB 0966 amends the insurance benefits provisions of Florida’s Uniform Unclaimed Property Act, Fl. Stat. Section 717.107. These amendments effectively...more

Alert: The Importance of Beneficiary Designations

Who really benefits? You may be surprised! If you participate in a 401(k) or other retirement plan, have one or more IRA accounts, or life insurance policies, you need to designate beneficiaries to receive the benefits...more

Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up - September 2015

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions Ombudsman Round-Up publication in which we report on recent determinations made by the Pensions Ombudsman (“PO”) and Deputy Pensions Ombudsman (“DPO”). In this edition we look at...more

Rhode Island Supreme Court Decides STOA Case

The Supreme Court of Rhode Island recently considered two questions of first impression: (i) whether an insurable interest requirement applies to an annuity with a death benefit, and (ii) whether an immediate incontestability...more

Variable Annuity with a No-lose Death Benefit Is Not Subject to the Statutory and Common Law Insurable Interest Requirement -...

Western Reserve Life Assurance Co. of Ohio v. ADM Associates, LLC, 116 A.3d 794 (R.I. 2015) - Case at a Glance - In a case of first impression, the Rhode Island Supreme Court held that a particular variable annuity...more

Pensions News - July 2015

Welcome to DLA Piper’s Pensions News publication in which we report on developments in pension legislation, guidance and case law, as well as keeping you up to speed on what to look out for in the coming months. This...more

Domestic Partnership Agreements: Survivor’s Rights on Death

This is the fifth installment of a seven-part series. Florida law provides for various death benefits if a married person predeceases his or her spouse and they have no premarital or postnuptial agreement. For unmarried...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2015

Second Circuit Holds That Posthumous QDROs Are Valid. Yale-New Haven Hospital brought an action in federal court to resolve competing claims by a former spouse of a deceased participant and the deceased participant’s...more

9th Circuit Holds No Coverage for DVT Under Employee Death Benefit Policy

In Williams v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 11642 (9th Cir. July 7, 2015), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, applying California law, had the opportunity to consider whether...more

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