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What We Do

Butterfield Schechter LLP provides individually designed qualified and nonqualified retirement plans to assist corporations and individuals implementing employee benefit programs.

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Retirement Plans

We help establish a customized plan that meets regulatory requirements as a tax qualified plan. Following implementation, our attorneys can assist clients and their plan administrator with regular reviews and updates to help with regulatory compliance for the plan's operation, and continued effectiveness in meeting the client's specific goals.

Practice Areas

Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs)

Whatever the nature or size of your business, there are many reasons to consider an ESOP, a dynamic tax-qualified employee benefit plan offering great advantages to business owners and employees. We have counseled both large and small corporations on the use of ESOPs in various transactions, including leveraged buyouts, corporate stock repurchases and ownership succession transactions.

Pension, Profit Sharing & 401(k) Plans

Some of the most popular retirement plans for small to large businesses include pensions, profit-sharing plans, and 401(k) plans. The best qualified plan will depend on the individual facts, situation, and goals of each business. Our attorneys will help establish a plan that meets regulatory requirements as a tax-qualified plan.

General Business and Transactional Counseling

Business counseling can save companies money, avoid problems with government regulators, and help encourage company growth. Counseling can be used to avoid possible problems in the future or address a current conflict with another company, business partner, or government agency. Our attorneys can help ensure your company is on the right track for success.

ERISA Litigation

ERISA is a federal law establishing minimum standards for most voluntary private pension and health plans. A number of issues can give rise to ERISA litigation. We can help you either obtain the benefits you are rightfully entitled to or defend any of the numerous claims that can be brought against you under ERISA.

ERISA Compliance

ERISA is a federal law that establishes the minimum standards for most voluntary private pension and health plans. Private-sector employers are responsible for making sure their retirement plans comply with ERISA regulations. We provide our clients with ERISA compliance counseling to make sure your company and fiduciaries stay in compliance with ERISA rules and regulatory changes.

Fiduciary Counseling

Fiduciaries who do not follow basic standards of conduct may be personally liable to restore any losses to the plan or profits made through improper use of the plan's assets. We provide our clients with fiduciary counseling to make sure your company and fiduciaries stay in compliance with ERISA rules and regulatory changes.

Stock Option Plans

Offering employees stock options can provide a way for companies to attract top executives and incentivize employees. Our attorneys will help establish a plan that meets the needs of your company while providing the maximum benefit to plan participants. We can also assist with regular reviews and updates to maintain regulatory compliance.

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)

If you are about to be divorced or legally separated and one of the assets to be divided is a retirement plan, then you most likely need a QDRO. Contact one of our highly qualified attorneys regarding the preparation of your QDRO or the review of a QDRO previously prepared to ensure your best interest is protected.

Estate Planning

Estate planning involves making decisions on how your assets will be distributed after death and can designate representatives to make decisions if you are no longer able to communicate your wishes. We can establish a plan that meets tax code requirements, reduces tax liability, and ensures future plans are carried out according to your wishes.

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