Preparing and fully processing QDROs for more than 20 years

The Law Office of Elizabeth Strasen divides retirement benefits pursuant to divorce.

Please feel free to browse the subjects listed in the tabs to the left. This website was created to give attorneys, prospective clients, and current clients an overview of basic information about QDROs and Elizabeth Strasen's practice.

We give clients the opportunity to fully understand what is being agreed to, and we ensure that the QDRO process is correctly and fully completed. It is important to be aware of and address the financial impact of the options and elections that lie within QDRO language.

Elizabeth Strasen has been practicing family law since 1987. Over the years, she has developed working relationships with a large network of family law practitioners, courts in many counties, and retirement plan administrators.

Hiring an expert for QDRO preparation is the best way to manage and minimize the financial risk inherent to dividing pre-tax assets. Under federal law, a QDRO can't be processed retroactively to reverse an assessed tax penalty. This makes it extremely important for QDROs to be processed correctly, and to have the support of an attorney to stand behind their work.

Elizabeth Strasen drafts custom QDROs. While they are written within the parameters set by each Plan's provisions, they are based on her extensive experience and understanding of the law in this area. Unlike sample QDROs provide by Plans, her QDROs do not use unnecessary default language. Model QDROs are often written in the Plan's interest instead of the client's.

As an Attorney, Elizabeth Strasen can work directly with non-represented clients. She is able to take care of key steps for her clients that other QDRO processors, like actuaries or paralegals, can't do. Examples are filing the QDROs with the court and serving them on the Plan Administrators (see our About QDROs section for more information).

Cases are handled from the initial evaluation of the retirement portfolio and settlement agreement, through confirmation of the successful transfer of assets.

The first step: contact us for more information and a customized retainer estimate.
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Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm

Phone: (707) 774-6555
Fax: (844) 316-9745


Law Office of Elizabeth A. Strasen
215 Western Ave, Ste B
Petaluma, CA 94952