Financial Discovery Checklist (Family Law)
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by Tracy Coenen
1d ago
Below is a lengthy list of items that a divorce attorney should consider requesting in discovery in family law cases. In an ordinary divorce or child support matter, many of these items will be irrelevant or non-existent. This list is provided to give you a comprehensive list of items you should consider. However, this list ..read more
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Don’t Cash Out Your 401(k) in Divorce
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by Tracy Coenen
1d ago
It is common for divorcing spouses to cash out retirement funds at divorce time. And it seems to make sense at the time. There are expensive lawyers and all sorts of expenses to establish a new residence. Support payments may be delayed or non-existent. A retirement fund seems like great solution. It’s a pile of ..read more
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Divorce Lifestyle Analysis Data Entry
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by Tracy Coenen
1w ago
A question often comes up relative to the lifestyle analysis in divorce cases: Isn't is just data entry that anyone could do? Why do I need a forensic accounting expert? As I explain below, the lifestyle analysis is NOT just a data entry exercise. A level of quality control is necessary in order to ensure ..read more
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Myths About Fraud
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by Tracy Coenen
1w ago
I wrote an article on these five myths about fraud a really long time ago.  And really, nothing has changed. I’ve updated some of the facts and figures, but the concepts remain the same so I’m publishing the article again. These are some of the most common myths I see, and these traps are the ..read more
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Divorce Case Expert Witnesses
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by Tracy Coenen
2w ago
What kind of work can a forensic accountant do in divorce cases? Tracy Coenen talks about the work of a CPA, including calculating income, evaluating financial disclosures, valuing assets, and completing a lifestyle analysis ..read more
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Using Facebook in Financial Investigations
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by Tracy Coenen
3w ago
I did a divorce investigation several years ago that I like to call the Instagram Investigation. The husband was accused of marital waste (dissipation), as he was spending lots of money on his new girlfriend while his divorce was pending. The wife needed to quantify how much he was spending on the girlfriend, but it ..read more
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Protecting Expert Witness Work Product
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by Tracy Coenen
3w ago
ask an expert red 3d square isolated speech bubble One often overlooked key to successfully working with an expert witness is the protection of privilege and work product. Until the expert is actually disclosed to the other side, it’s in the best interest of the client to make sure that the expert’s work ..read more
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Business Lifestyle Analysis
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by Tracy Coenen
1M ago
Closely held businesses present special challenges in the family law setting. Typically, only one spouse is actively involved in the business. Therefore, not only does the spouse control the family’s finances, he or she also controls all of the records of the business. When a spouse is attempting to quantify the income from the business ..read more
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Documents Used For a Lifestyle Analysis
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by Tracy Coenen
1M ago
If you suspect fraud during your marriage or divorce, you may want a forensic accountant to do a lifestyle analysis. Tracy gives a list of documents that are typically used for the lifestyle analysis, and explains briefly what she does with them ..read more
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Searching for Hidden Income
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by Tracy Coenen
1M ago
The million dollar question in many litigation disputes, be it family law, a shareholder divorce, or other corporate wrangling, often centers around unreported income. Are there sales that aren’t being recorded on the books? Is the individual receiving cash for work done? Is revenue hidden to shield it from being considered by the court? It ..read more
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