Law Firm

Cash Balance plans allow lawyers to accelerate retirement savings in a tax-favored fashion. Pairing an existing 401(k) Profit Sharing plan with a Cash Balance plan can lead to between $100,000 and $300,000 each in contributions on behalf of the owner-partners. The plan is also flexible in terms of who is covered and how much is contributed on behalf of the owner-partners. Upon retirement, or leaving the firm, the participant can roll over their lump sum to an IRA, which is not a taxable event.

Law firms are excellent candidates because Cash Balance plans:

  • Reduce taxable income
  • Allow flexible contribution levels for owner-partners
  • Are a powerful tool for recruiting and retaining top talent
  • Squeeze 20 years of savings into 10
  • Fully protect assets from creditors
  • Are portable and allow lump-sum rollovers into an IRA



  • Older partners need to accelerate their retirement savings
  • Each partner needs the flexibility to contribute different amounts and not be locked into a required contribution
  • Partners want the option to set up a separate 401(k) plan for associates
  • Management and non-participating partners want to minimize liability for other partners’ contribution amounts

Plan Design Solution:

  • FuturePlan designed a Cash Balance plan allowing the below contribution amounts for the owner-partners
  • Associates did not contribute to the Cash Balance plan and only contributed 3% of their pay to the Safe Harbor Profit Sharing plan, to satisfy non-discrimination testing
  • The Interest Crediting Rate was tied to the performance of the portfolio, thereby greatly reducing risk

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Retirement Plan Illustration – 2023

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