You’ve gotten divorce and have been awarded a percentage of your spouse’s retirement account, you’re good for now, right? Wrong. Often couples come to us years after their divorce to finally collect on their marital award. They want to file their Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) and collect but they’re realizing it may be easier said than done. Now what? On this week’s #FamilyFriday article, the attorneys of ERA Law Group, LLC discuss QDROs.
One of the most common misconceptions is that if you are married and you die without a will, your spouse automatically gets everything. Unfortunately, that often is not the case. Instead, it depends on several factors. First, if you have any joint accounts, those accounts will pass automatically to the joint account holder. Second, if you have a named beneficiary on any account or asset, that account or asset will pass automatically to the designated beneficiary.