Divorce: Discovery and Division of Hidden, Forgotten, Unrecognized, or Overlooked Assets
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will discuss best practices and strategies when counsel in an equitable division jurisdiction believes that all assets and property are not disclosed. The program will explain how to find veiled assets, "unknown" assets like frequent flyer miles or affinity benefits, when to involve a forensic accountant, what such a professional can and cannot accomplish, and how to weigh the costs against the potential benefits. The panel will also review the best options for counsel when it is counsel's client who is accused of hiding assets.
- Overview of equitable division
- Badges of fraud
- Benefits of using a forensic accountant
- Selecting the right accountant
- Formal discovery process to obtain information
- Informal discovery
- Avoiding illegal searches
The panel will review these and other issues:
- What are the signs that a party has more assets than they are letting on?
- At what point should a divorce attorney recommend a forensic accountant to their client?
- Is this a cost-effective approach to divorce?
- What is the risk a client loses more than he/she gains?
Kelly L. Burris
Senior Litigation Partner
Cordell & Cordell
Ms. Burris has settled and litigated complex custody cases and property cases involving multi-million dollar estates.... | Read More
Ms. Burris has settled and litigated complex custody cases and property cases involving multi-million dollar estates. She has also successfully litigated child custody relocation cases.Close
Taylor Toombs Imel
Shareholder & Owner
Toombs Imel & Associates
Houston family law attorney Taylor Imel is a natural competitor who knew from a very young age that she wanted to... | Read More
Houston family law attorney Taylor Imel is a natural competitor who knew from a very young age that she wanted to practice law. A women’s varsity soccer player, she received a B.A. in Spanish and Communication from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, where she was a dean’s scholarship recipient. In 2010, Ms. Imel graduated from SMU Dedman School of Law where she was once again a dean’s scholarship recipient. Prior to joining KoonsFuller Houston, she practiced family law in Dallas, Texas, where she gained 1st chair family law experience and enjoyed considerable success litigating matters concerning property division, conservatorship, and child support.Close
Walter J. Schouten, Jr.
Toombs Imel & Associates
Licensed in 2014 but working in the field of family law since 2009, Mr. Schouten has worked with, for, and against some... | Read More
Licensed in 2014 but working in the field of family law since 2009, Mr. Schouten has worked with, for, and against some of the best family law attorneys in the Houston area on complex family law issues at both the trial court level and appellate level. HIs desire to work with the best is driven by a results-oriented approach adopted as early as law school: in 2013, he graduated summa cum laude from South Texas College of Law, higher than over 90% of his graduating class, earning the highest grade in multiple courses along the way, all while working as a law clerk at a boutique family law firm in Houston.Close