A High Asset Divorce Attorney Can Protect Your Assets
Divorces involving high net worth and substantial assets require careful planning. I associate a colleague in Los Angeles who is also a certified family law specialist and a certified public accountant to ensure that you receive the most aggressive and thorough representation. Often time, by having an associate counsel, I can conserve your costs for retaining a forensic accountant expert to prepare schedules and reports that are used to persuade the court of your requested orders.
Both the supporting and supported spouse need to review with a thorough and careful attorney about the strategy of their case due to complex issues involved with maintaining the accustomed lifestyle. An equitable distribution of assets must be achieved, and because both spouses owe one another fiduciary duties regarding their financial affairs, careful evaluation and disclosure must be achieved.
In order to achieve a fair property settlement, I will engage with your consent additional experts to protect your property such as: vocational and lifestyle experts, QDRO specialists and other financial professionals such as accountants and actuaries to ensure that the issues are fairly determined. The issues can involve: real estate and personal property evaluation, securities, spousal support, tax issues, retirement accounts, trusts, commingled assets and appreciated separate property, deferred compensation plans, and tracing separate property in commingled accounts.
Another major issue is the self owned business and the evaluation of that business. Because California is a community property state, characterization of the property must be determined as part of the marital estate. A business may be formed prior to marriage but have community contributions during the marriage and during separation prior to trial. I can help you determine those issues so that nothing is overlooked.
By associating counsel, I can get a realistic assessment of the value of a business including professional practices. The value of the professional education and license will be evaluated along with issues related to investment, inheritance and community services. Are any assets hidden, undisclosed or transferred overseas? I have substantial experience in dealing with unlawful conveyances and conduct. I also can assist you in dealing with conveyances to third parties or the other spouse as a transmutation.
I encourage parties to engage in mediation or other alternative dispute practices so that the case does not incur expensive litigations costs over court battles. Complex marital estates are best served by achieving settlement. I take a creative approach to dealing with these issues. If litigation is required, I will serve as a zealous advocate for you.
Attorney Karen S. Brown focuses on providing her clients quality representation. She ensures that you are well informed about your case and emphasizes hands on communication with you to strategize an effective approach to the issues. When recommended, she will access a knowledgeable database of professionals for you to engage as qualified experts to support your claims. Contact her office to schedule a conference.
We are serving the following Southland areas:
Los Angeles, Westside and beach communities, South Bay, San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, Ventura and Orange Counties.