Providing Sound Advice and Efficient Services to Pension Plans

Novara Tesija, P.L.L.C. provides a complete range of advice and services to pension plan trustees and administrators. The firm has more than 30 years experience in this complex and challenging area of the law — and the experience needed to handle any legal or compliance issue that may arise.

Serving the Needs of Pension Plans Nationwide

Our firm advises and represents several of the largest pension plans in Michigan, as well as serving pension clients in other states. Our clients include defined benefit plans, defined contribution/annuity plans and 401-K/profit-sharing plans.

Each of these types of plans has unique legal and compliance issues. At Novara Tesija, we have extensive experience with all pension/retirement plan types, and we stand prepared to provide you with the advice and services your organization needs. In addition to helping establish pension funds and assuring compliance with PA 314, ERISA, IRS and other applicable regulations, we can provide services which address particular needs of your organization or pension fund type.

Pension Plan Services

Novara Tesija, P.L.L.C. handles all aspects of plan design, including document creation and filing, applying for an IRS determination of tax exempt status, maintaining plan documents to ensure continued qualification of tax exempt status, and drafting participant communications. Our firm advises trustees regarding their duties as fiduciaries and ensures that they act within the boundaries of the law. We also assist with drafting summary plan descriptions, summaries of material modification, determination letter applications, annual funding notices, and other documents required by law. On behalf of defined benefit plans, we advise on matters involving withdrawal liability, underfunded liabilities, and audits conducted by the Department of Labor.

We have successfully guided our pension plan clients through many Department of Labor audits, both special and routine, and we can provide advice on any other compliance issues that may arise. For participant directed plans, our lawyers assist trustees with compliance issues relating to qualified-default-investment alternatives (QDIA), which helps to insulate trustees from breach of fiduciary duty claims. We also review and process QDROs in a diligent and efficient manner. Our firm can also advise a plan and its Trustees on matters involving legal concerns related to real estate and commercial investments, including private placements and alternative investments.

Novara Tesija, P.L.L.C. is your source for pension plan advice and management services.

Contact Us

For a consultation with a knowledgeable pension plan attorney, contact Novara Tesija, P.L.L.C.