VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota School of Law has been designated as the South Dakota sponsor of the Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project.
The law school provides assistance in conjunction with the USD Senior Legal Helpline, which provides pro bono legal information, advice and assistance to persons 55 and older through 1-800-747-1895 or via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Michael J. Myers, an associate professor on the law school faculty, manages both the senior legal helpline and the pension rights project.
The Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project (UMPRP) is a no-cost program designed to assist workers, retirees, and their families in understanding, discerning and enforcing their pension benefit rights. The Project is funded in part through a grant from the Agency-on-Aging. The Project is managed by an attorney and staffs a paralegal and law clerks. The staff assists individuals with locating lost pension plans, with pension benefit calculations, and helps people with their benefits claims.
The UMPRP deals with defined benefit plans, defined contribution plans, and 401(K) retirement plans. The Project staff will represent participants and beneficiaries of retirement plans in the Administrative Process through claim reconsiderations and appeals. If necessary, the Project also helps locate private Pension-rights attorneys to litigate claims in court.
The Project serves individuals in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Upper Midwest Pension Rights Project can be reached by dialing (866) 621-9886, ext 5021.