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Trest performs preemptive audits of  plan documentation, operation and administration.  Our professionals review plan documents for regulatory compliance, review service agreements to ensure the reasonableness of the fees and terms, ensure the absence of fiduciary breaches and prohibited transactions, conduct interviews with internal benefits professionals and review regulatory filings and material participant communications, compensation and benefits committee minutes, and information regarding pending employee benefit disputes, in addition to other documentation.  Trest prepares a comprehensive Compliance Report that summarizes our review, identifying areas of noncompliance as well as recommendations for self-correction or the use of other IRS and DOL Amnesty programs.  Our professionals perform the corrective work to ensure easily passing any subsequent examination by regulatory authorities and to identify possible litigation exposure.

Compliance Audits

Trest performs preemptive audits of plan documentation, operation and administration to enable plan sponsors to correct non-compliance prior to a regulatory examination, which allows the avoidance of costly fees and penalties.

Defense of Regulatory Audits

Trest aggressively defends IRS, PBGC and DOL employee benefit plan audits. Our professionals prepare the client for the examination onsite and organize responsive documents, after limiting the scope of the review.

Corporate Transactions

In corporate transactions, Trest regularly conducts due diligence on the employee benefits arrangements maintained by buyers and sellers to ensure the absence of hidden liabilities and operational failures that jeopardize regulatory compliance and tax status, and negotiates pre-closing and post-closing benefits integration.

Retirement Plan Design

Our professionals assist the client in defining their goals and objectives in offering defined contribution, defined benefit and executive retirement benefits and strategically recommends designs based upon the client’s intentions. Our professionals assist the client in defining their goals and objectives.

Participant Communications

We bring a broad knowledge of best practices to our benefits communications strategy, and ensure that the complexity, tone and presentation is appropriate for the audience. Our team is uniquely qualified to serve as an organization’s resource in preparing these documents.

Fiduciary Advice and Governance

Our talented employee benefits lawyers have decades of experience advising plan fiduciaries on their fiduciary duties and on the avoidance of fiduciary status. We also provide guidance on prohibited transactions, including self-dealing and party-in-interest transactions.

Forms 5500

Trest works directly with the plan sponsor and the service providers to obtain the information necessary to prepare the Form 5500 and all of the applicable schedules, as Forms 5500 are the most important informational returns filed on behalf of employee benefits plans with the content easily subjecting the employee benefit arrangement to costly regulatory examination.