3121.0311 Notice to obligor's workers' compensation attorney regarding lump sum payment.

(A) If a lump sum payment referred to in division (A) (11) of section 3121.037 of the Revised Code consists of workers' compensation benefits and the obligor is represented by an attorney with respect to the obligor's workers' compensation claim, prior to issuing the notice to the child support enforcement agency required by that division, the administrator of workers' compensation, for claims involving state fund employers, or a self-insuring employer, for that employer's claims, shall notify the obligor and the obligor's attorney in writing that the obligor is subject to a support order and that the administrator or self-insuring employer, as appropriate, shall hold the lump sum payment for a period of thirty days after the administrator or self-insuring employer sends this written notice, pending receipt of the information referred to in division (B) of this section.

(B) The administrator or self-insuring employer, as appropriate, shall instruct the obligor's attorney in writing to file a copy of the fee agreement signed by the obligor, along with an affidavit signed by the attorney setting forth the amount of the attorney's fee with respect to the lump sum payment award to the obligor and the amount of all necessary expenses, along with documentation of those expenses, incurred by the attorney with respect to obtaining the lump sum award. The obligor's attorney shall file the fee agreement and attorney affidavit with the administrator or self-insuring employer, as appropriate, within thirty days after the date the administrator or self-insuring employer sends the notice required by division (A) of this section.

(C) Upon receipt of the fee agreement and attorney affidavit, the administrator or self-insuring employer, as appropriate, shall deduct from the lump sum payment the amount of the attorney's fee and necessary expenses and pay that amount directly to and solely in the name of the attorney within fourteen days after the fee agreement and attorney affidavit have been filed with the administrator or self-insuring employer.

(D) After deducting any attorney's fee and necessary expenses, if the lump sum payment is one hundred fifty dollars or more, the administrator or self-insuring employer, as appropriate, shall hold the balance of the lump sum award in accordance with division (A) (11) of section 3121.037 of the Revised Code.

Cite as R.C. § 3121.0311

History. Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.9, HB 1, §101.01, eff. 10/16/2009.

Effective Date: 2006 SB7 06-30-2006