There are certain times in a person’s life where they might find themselves in a lawyer’s office. One of the most common reasons is if you are going through a divorce.
For some, divorce is a cut and dry process. The lawyers will help to split everything each person owns straight down the middle. For others however, divorce isn’t as simple. In these situations, things can get much more complicated, especially if the case includes anything like,
- A Prenuptial Agreement
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Dividing the Assets
Regardless of the situation and what it involves, it’s a lawyer’s job to make sure that their client gets the best results from their divorce. In pretty much all cases, this refers to everything that the client will get to keep once an agreement is signed.
Dividing a couple’s assets becomes more complex when any of the reasons above get thrown into the mix. Often, one person will have more money than the other. In other scenarios, one person might own art that is worth a fortune in the market. If no prenuptial agreement was signed, those assets are fair game in the divorce.
There are however, situations where one person doesn’t want to give up half of everything they own. In these situations, they try to hide some of their assets so that after the divorce, they will retain those assets.
Examples of assets include, jewellery, property, art, money, and businesses.
Are you getting a Divorce?
If you find yourself going through a divorce, you might want to ask yourself an important question: “Is my ex-husband (or ex-wife) hiding assets?”
If you believe they are, this actually a serious, and illegal offence. For example, hiding money in an offshore account is illegal outside of divorce proceedings. Why? Because the hidden money isn’t taxable when the government isn’t aware it exists.
Going through a divorce isn’t easy, but you deserve to separate from your spouse on equal footing. This is why lawyers will often turn to a private investigator for help.
Hire a Private Investigator
Private investigators and private investigation organizations in North America work with lawyers all the time. The reason for this is because sometimes a lawyer will get too busy to find all of the information that is pertinent to case. Lawyers also don’t have the knowledge and know how to find information sometimes, especially when it comes to surveillance.
A licensed private investigator will help your divorce case by looking for evidence of hidden assets.
Finding Legal Evidence
We’ve already mentioned that lawyers aren’t trained to use investigative techniques like a private investigator. In most cases, neither are you. We bring this up because private investigators have the ability to aid your case in a way that will benefit you should it end up in court.
On television, for example, shows will have a private investigator wire a phone or set up a video camera inside the suspect’s house. In reality, both these actions are illegal. If you try to use whatever you find as evidence in court, you will not win. In fact, you will likely face fines of your own. That, and your ex-spouse could end up suing you for invading their privacy.
Private investigators know how to approach an as asset search. They will find the right information in the right way. As a result, if they find any details about a hidden offshore account or private storage spaces in three different states/provinces, you can use that information in court.
Finding Hidden Assets
A private investigator will use several techniques to find hidden assets. These techniques include,
This technique comes in handy when a private investigator already has some information about the suspect. It requires the private investigator to ask carefully considered questions to specific individuals in the suspect’s life. These people could include, neighbors, family, friends, colleagues, and more.
Finding hidden assets typically means taking a look at a data trail. In this day and age, a good private investigator will know how to use technology to find what they’re looking for. Accessing public information isn’t illegal and many private investigation organizations know how to sift through the dirt to find the goldmine.
The second best way to uncover hidden assets is to set up surveillance. Surveillance is one of the most common private investigation techniques. It requires the private investigator to watch the suspect’s every move. This means setting up a car outside of their residence, following them if and when they leave, as well as documenting what they find.
Every hidden asset case is different so there could be situations where other private investigation techniques come into play. For example, the divorce case could reveal that the ex-spouse is committing fraud. To find out where they are keeping the money, a private investigator might go undercover at the suspect’s place of work. There, they can try to gather as much evidence as possible, without getting caught.
At the end of the day, you want your divorce case to run like clockwork. Hiring a private investigator to handle asset searches is a sure fire way to uncover the truth, without you having to break a sweat. As a result, you will get a fair settlement and your life can return to normal—sooner rather than later.