Case Studies

Hays County Retired Judge Escaped His Lawyer's QDRO Mistake

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Imagine the look on Judge Anthony Conrad Bellchamp's face at his retirement party.

His wife of fifteen years pulled him aside.

"Judith [... Judge Bellchamp's ex-wife]  called. She  sends her regrets that she can't attend the retirement party. She also wanted to tell you that she applied for your TCDRS* retirement.

It's a nightmare. But you're not dreaming. 

"She said she gets it all. Is that true?

"Wait. There's more. She said she gets all of the ERS** retirement, too. And, apparently, you named her irrevocable beneficiary for every penny in both retirements.

"What are we going to do?."

*Texas County & District Retirement System

**Employees Retirement System of Texas

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