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Posted on Tuesday, March 01, 2011 at 12:00PM

Legal Defense Fund of the Peace Officers Research Association of California Summary Annual Report

This is a summary of the annual report for the Legal Defense Fund of the Peace Officers Research Association of California, (Employer ID No. 23-7077256, Plan No. 501) for the year ended December 31, 2009. The annual report has been filed with EBSA as required under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA).

The Legal Defense Fund of the Peace Officers Research Association of California has committed itself to pay certain legal representation costs incurred by participants under the terms of the Fund.

Basic Financial Statements

The net assets available for benefits of the Fund at the end of the year totaled $7,403,626 compared to $7,972,995 at the beginning of the year. During the year, the Trust experienced a decrease in net assets available for benefits of $569,369. This change includes participants’ contributions and unrealized appreciation in the value of plan assets; that is, the difference between the value of plan assets at the end of the year and the value of assets at the beginning of the year or the cost of assets acquired during the year.

The Fund had benefit obligations of $14,727,197 at the end of the year, and $14,369,047 at the beginning of the year. The benefit obligation at the end of the year is composed of $1,327,197 for claims currently payable, and $13,400,000 as the estimated cost for future services to be rendered to participants resulting from events that occurred prior to year-end, and are expected to be funded by future participant contributions and investment income.

The Fund’s income totaled $13,934,548 for the plan year of which contributions from participants were $13,492,537 and investment income was $442,011. The Fund’s expenses were $1,859,976 for administrative expenses and $12,643,941 for benefits paid on behalf of participants.

Rights to Additional Information

You have a right to receive a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, upon request. The items listed below are included in that report.

  1. An independent auditors’ report
  2. Financial information and information on payments to service providers
  3. Assets held for investment
  4. Transactions in excess of five percent of trust assets

To obtain a copy of the full annual report, or any part thereof, write or call the Board of Trustees (Employer ID No. 94-2381827) of Legal Defense Fund of the Peace Officers Research Association of California at the office of the Fund administrator, Delta Health Systems, P. O. Box 2487, Stockton, CA 95201. The telephone number is 800-255-5610. The charge to cover copying costs will be $2.75 for the full annual report, or 25 cents per page for any part thereof.

You also have the right to receive from the Fund administrator, on request and at no charge, a statement of net assets available for benefits of the plan and accompanying notes, or a statement of changes in net assets available for benefits of the plan and accompanying notes, or both. If you request a copy of the full annual report from the Fund administrator, these two statements and accompanying notes will be included as part of that report. The charge to cover copying costs given above does not include a charge for the copying of these portions of the report because these portions are furnished without charge.

You also have the legally protected right to examine the annual report at the office of Legal Defense Fund of the Peace Officers Research Association of California, c/o Delta Health Systems, 555 West Benjamin Holt Drive, Suite 320, Stockton, CA 95207 and at the U.S. Department of Labor in Washington, D.C. or to obtain a copy from the U.S. Department of Labor upon payment of copying costs. Requests to the Department should be addressed to: U.S. Department of Labor, Employee Benefits Security Administration, Public Disclosure Room, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW, Suite N-1513, Washington, D.C. 20210.

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