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Asset Searches: How Much is My Husband Worth?

 

Situation

An American woman living overseas was contemplating divorce and wanted us to find out how much her husband was worth. His assets were spread internationally, but he had previously lived in the United States, was working at a publicly listed U.S. company, and still had family in the country with whom he did business.

 

Strategy

We did a complete public records search for the husband in all the states where he had lived, worked or had relatives. We also did an investigation of all the businesses affiliated with his current and previous companies to determine whether he had any continued involvement with them.

 

Results

We were able to conclude that the husband was worth at least double what his wife had suspected, based on U.S. securities filings and other public records. Part of our findings included a share in a home previously unknown to the wife, as well as activity in an offshore corporation that had off-the-books dealings with a publicly listed U.S. company. Finally, we found that the husband had been the defendant in a recent lawsuit, and we were in a position to interview the plaintiff for information about the husband’s business practices, associates and other assets.

You can read our piece in the New York Law Journal on asset searches during divorce cases, co-written with New York matrimonial attorney Michael Stutman, "Detecting Hidden Assets During Divorce."

You can also read our article for Bloomberg BNA Family Law Reporter on asset searches in divorce cases: "Matrimonial Asset Searches: Your Client Knows More than She Thinks." Or watch Philip Segal's continuing legal education course on matrimonial asset searches.

In addition, read our piece on Inside Counsel on asset searching, part of our three-part series on investigations before, during and following litigation: "5 Tips When Searching for Assets."

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