Business Valuation Attorney Serving Massachusetts

In many divorces, one spouse attempts to gain an advantage over the other during the property division process. Sometimes this is done by having a family business assessed at an inflated value and then demanding cash value for his or her part of the company. In other situations, one spouse hides assets so they cannot be divided.

The Law Offices of Judith A. Wayne is a firm dedicated to competent representation of clients in Massachusetts divorce cases. Our business valuation lawyer has more than 30 years of experience in this field, and we use our capabilities to protect our clients' rights and overcome tactics that would lead to loss of marital assets.

To schedule a consultation, call us at 781-691-9104. We represent people throughout Massachusetts and the Boston area, including Marblehead and the North Shore. We also represent clients as far west as Pittsfield and as far east as Cape Cod and the Islands.

Business Valuations in Divorce Cases

When you own a business, either separately or as a couple, what happens to the business during divorce is a major concern. In Massachusetts, if the company belonged to you before the marriage, it is likely that you will get to keep the business, but it could be argued that any appreciated value should be divided. Because the business may be the largest asset you have, we frequently recommend that clients consult with accountants, business valuation experts and similar financial professionals to arrive at a fair appraisal. Once the value is determined, we will be better able to negotiate or litigate its division.

As part of our comprehensive representation, we will be certain that you seek advice about taxation issues and the value of intellectual property as well as the division of business debts and other features unique to business owners in divorce.

Dealing With Hidden Assets

In some marriages, particularly those of high net worth individuals, one spouse may open bank accounts or engage in investment activity about which the other spouse knows nothing. If the parties divorce, it is difficult to uncover these assets, especially if they are overseas or mingled with complex investment vehicles.

If you suspect that your spouse may be hiding assets, we will suggest that you hire the appropriate private investigator or forensic accountant who may be able to uncover hidden marital assets. We work together to try to locate hidden assets, to determine if properties are undervalued, and to work with your CPA or tax attorney if there are complicated tax issues in your case.

If you have genuine concern that your spouse is hiding assets by reporting a sudden decrease in business revenue or underreporting income on tax returns, trust your instincts. Contact us, and we can help.

Contact a Hidden Assets Lawyer

To arrange an initial consultation with a skilled property division attorney, please call 781-691-9104 or toll free 800-879-5503. You can also contact our law firm online.

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