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  1. I recently came across the ISAR or In-Service Alternative Rollover. It seems there is an investment management company and another company offering to "certify" advisors to walk clients through this process, apparently involving hiring an attorney to facilitate an in-service distribution of 100% of assets with no adverse tax consequence and continued participation in the plan while employed. Must be married and is a one-time event. According to their marketing material, "This additional legislation expanded the ERISA recognition of a plan participant’s marital estate and made the ISAR transaction possible. The ISAR has technically been allowed since 1984 for plans subject to ERISA, and was first used successfully in California in the mid 1980’s." Has anyone heard of this or have experience with it, or know what they are actually doing to facilitate this kind of event? I'm not asking because I would recommend it...frankly it sounds sketchy to me and would introduce at least a perception of an inherent conflict of interest for any advisor or insurance agent recommending it to a client. However, I try to stay current on industry trends and this is one I've never heard of before today. Thanks.
  2. Say a plan has two options for their forms of distribution - QJSA and lump sum. If the plan allows for in-service withdrawals (with spousal consent), can these be limited to lump sum so that if a participant wants an annuity payment under the plan it must be a QJSA at retirement age and only lump sum before then?
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