Consider a Private Judge
The public courts are overburdened, underfunded, and inefficient. As a result, it often saves money and a great deal of time on complex cases to pay a private judge to handle the case. It also allows for greater confidentiality, flexibility in managing your personal calendar, and provides for hearings in a quicker and more pleasant environment.
Disclosure of all finances and business opportunities is mandatory in family law proceedings. Dissemination of this information to the public must be minimized.
There are often a multitude of options for dividing a community property estate. Concrete planning, collaboration with tax, real estate and estate planning professionals and foresight can minimize tax consequences.
Wealth & Retirement Planning
The division of an asset may result in a lost investment opportunity, penalties, or other negative outcomes. There are different ways to divide an individual asset, or in the alternative, to exchange one asset for another, to maximize parties’ wealth and retirement strategies.
The significant assets present in high asset divorce cases are often accumulated prior to marriage, or gifted or bequeathed to one party alone, making those assets separate property. However, during the marriage these assets are frequently commingled with other community property assets. An example would include, a party having a mutual investment fund prior to marriage to which funds were earned or obtained during the marriage.
In addition, the form in which the assets are held may be changed (e.g., a party may invest monies from his separate property savings into a family home or business). Lastly, the title in which the asset is held may change from one party’s name to both parties or to the other party’s nameand/or into the name of a trust or other entity. In each of these scenarios the original separate property funds must be carefully traced if the party wishes to claim them as his/her separate property.
Premarital and Postmarital Agreements
Our firm has expertise in litigation premarital and postmarital.