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Tom Merry, Attorney at Law

ERISA Lawyer | Serving Columbus, OH

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614-372-7114

I Handle Long and Short Term Disability Cases, Life Insurance Disputes And Health Insurance Disputes As Well As A Limited Number Of Non-ERISA Insurance Disputes

My principal work is in the representation of individuals making claims for benefits under the terms of employer-sponsored benefit plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA).  This includes representation of individuals seeking benefits from pension plans, long-term and short-term disability plans, health insurance plans and life insurance …

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Hertz Schram PC

ERISA Lawyer | Serving Columbus, OH

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866-633-5158

2017 SuperLawyers Selection. Helping to Protect the Pension Benefits that Columbus Residents Have Earned.

ERISA (Employee Retirement Income Security Act) pension claims are typically complex, requiring the skill of an experienced ERISA pension lawyer. At the law firm of Hertz Schram, our pension lawyers are recognized national leaders in the area of claims for ERISA pension benefits. People throughout the country ask our pension lawyers to share their knowledge in a variety of …

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Employee Retirement Income Security Act

The Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) is a body of federal law that guards against mismanagement and misuse of pension and health insurance plan funds. The act establishes rules for the two plans, requires that employees receive plan information, and gives employees the right to sue if the company denies benefits or breaches its fiduciary duties.

ERISA Issues

ERISA legislation is complicated and difficult to understand, and so are the various pension and health insurance plans it regulates. Without specific knowledge you are at a disadvantage and your rights may suffer. It is in your best interest to consult a Columbus lawyer who handles ERISA cases.

What sort of issues can I seek legal help with?

Specialized legal help is available for most legal issues. Each case is unique; seeking legal help is a smart first step toward understanding your legal situation and seeking the best path toward resolution for your case. An experienced lawyer understands the local laws surrounding your case and what your best legal options might be. More importantly, there are certain situations and circumstances - such as being charged with a crime - where you should always seek experienced legal help.

Tips on Approaching an Initial Attorney Consultation

  • Use the consultation as a means of gaining a better understanding of your legal situation.
  • Ask the attorney how many cases similar to yours he/she has handled. An attorney's experience and knowledge can speak to their expertise (or lack of) in addressing your situation.
  • Your attorney should be able to articulate roughly how long a case like yours will take to resolve and what sort of procedures to expect.
  • Determine how comfortable you are working with the lawyer and/or law firm.

Types of legal fees:

Bill by the hour: Many attorneys bill by the hour. How much an attorney bills you per hour will vary based on a number of factors. For instance, an attorney's hourly fee may fluctuate based on whether that hour is spent representing you in court or doing research on your case. Attorneys in one practice area may bill you more than attorneys in a different practice area.

Contingent fee: Some lawyers will accept payment via contingent fee. In this arrangement, the lawyer receives a percentage of the total monetary recovery if you win your lawsuit. In sum, the lawyer only gets paid if you win. Contingent fee agreements are limited to specific practice areas in civil law.

Flat fee: For "routine" legal work where the attorney generally knows the amount of time and resources necessary to complete the task, he/she may be willing to bill you a flat fee for services performed.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Columbus, OH

Franklin County Civil Court Clerk

375 S High St. #3 ,Columbus,OH43215
Phone: (614) 645-7220

Franklin County Municipal Court

375 S High St.,Columbus ,OH43215
Phone: (614) 645-8186

Franklin County Court House - Juvenille Division

376 S High St.,Columbus ,OH43215
Phone: (614) 525-4411