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Feb 12, 2021

This is the 3rd episode of The High Net Worth Divorce Playbook and focuses on Avoiding Retirement Nightmares. It is jam packed with vitally important and rather complex information about retirement benefits. 

Today’s guest, Emily McBurney lives, breathes and loves this area of law and explains why it is so important that you understand the basics and that your attorney does as well.  Emily explains why It is essential that you hire an attorney that specializes in retirement benefits to ensure that your divorce agreement is based on what is legal and possible within the laws (both state and federal) and within the guidelines of the corporation’s plan.  


This is such a dense and complex topic and yet Emily beautifully explains it in layperson language and has peppered our conversation with excellent and sometimes jaw dropping stories to explain the pitfalls and financial consequences of getting this wrong. 


The terms you will hear include: QDRO’s, 401K, IRA, defined contribution and defined benefit, qualified and non-qualified benefits and much more.  I encourage you to listen carefully (and probably more than once).  This will absolutely be a valuable investment in your time.


Today’s guest, Emily McBurney, is a recognized expert in the field of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO) and provides QDRO preparation and consultation services for clients across the country. 


Her law practice has been exclusively devoted to QDROs and other retirement benefit matters for twenty years. Prior to forming Emily W.  McBurney, P.C., she was a founding partner of Kegel McBurney LLC and a shareholder at  Davis, Matthews, & Quigley, P.C.


Emily is a popular speaker and is frequently  invited to lecture on this subject by legal and professional organizations nationwide. Emily has  published numerous articles and contributed to various publications about QDROs. She has also  written a QDRO blog for the Huffington Post.


Emily graduated, magna cum laude, from Brown University with a B.A. in 1990 and was elected  to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree, cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1995. 


Contact Emily here:

Emily W. McBurney, P.C.

4279 Roswell Road NE, Suite 208 - 216

Atlanta, GA 30342

(404) 228-0556


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