Dividing marital property can be one of the most difficult parts of a divorce. This is especially true in complex divorces, or divorces where at least one spouse has a high net worth. Although every divorce is unique, there are sources of conflict common to many of the high asset divorce cases. The attorneys at Lewis, Warren & Setzer have dealt with cases that include the following:
• Businesses and professional practices
• Real estate investment properties
• Overseas investments and assets, Joint ventures, partnerships, and other business interests
• Stock portfolios, stock options, securities and other investment accounts
• Patents, trademarks, copyrights and other intellectual property rights such as royalty income
• Trusts with complicated tax implications related to asset transfers
• Self-employment and independent contractor income
• Unique personal assets, such as jewelry, artwork, and cars
• Comingled assets and investments such as in the stock market, inheritances
• Employee benefits (options, deferred compensation, etc.)
• Pensions, IRA, 401K retirement plans
• Hidden assets
A divorce that includes complex property division requires professionals that have a strong background in this area. In addition to our expertise in complex property division, we have established relationships with other professionals such as tax attorneys, certified divorce financial analysts, CPA’s, financial planners, forensic accountants and appraisers.
The attorneys at Lewis, Warren & Setzer understand the issues of asset identification, characterization and valuation which often arise in complex property division cases. Together, we can determine how to proceed to protect your rights, goals and best interests.