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Sampler of Unusual Protective Employee Benefit Plan Provisions

February 01, 2002

By Ethan Lipsig

Benefit plan drafting often presents opportunities for foreclosing future disputes and problems. Over the years, we have devised many special provisions designed to protect  employers and benefit plans from preventable disputes. We have been using some of these provisions for many years with excellent results; others are newer, unproven, and possibly unacceptable to the Internal Revenue Service, and some only will appeal to the adventurous. If only to illustrate the outer boundaries of what might be possible, this Client Alert sets forth some of the unusual protective provisions we have devised. If you have questions about any of these provisions or you are looking for provisions that address other issues, please feel free to call us at the numbers listed at the end of this Client Alert.