Complex High-Value Asset Division Lawyers
A client whose divorce involves high-value and complex assets, such as business interests, investment property, stock options or trusts needs the skill and knowledge of experienced attorneys. High net worth divorce and divorce that requires high-value asset division adds a layer of complexity that Fullenweider Wilhite is well equipped to handle.
Financial Knowledge to Protect What You Have Built
An Attorney-Accountant to address your business valuation needs
Many of our clients are involved in professional partnerships with their spouse or are shareholders in family corporations or other closely-held business interests. Under these circumstances, the accurate valuation of these assets is vital to establishing a fair and equitable division of marital property.
In addition to our in-house financial knowledge, we consult with outside financial experts, business valuation experts, appraisers and real estate experts to ensure we know best how to protect our clients’ assets.
We specialize in addressing specific issues surrounding complex asset division:
High net worth divorce
Fullenweider Wilhite provides the high level of personal attention and professional representation need to effectively handle complex estates. High net worth divorce may require the experience and resources to pursue specialized discovery and employ trained experts. With over two centuries of combined experience, our firm has focused on offering high-quality legal services that are custom-tailored to address the needs and concerns of high net worth individuals seeking a divorce.
Complex property division & rights
We knowledgeably approach the complexity of determining what is separate or community property, and protecting our clients’ property rights and separate assets such as inheritances, investments and retirement accounts.
Attorneys at Fullenweider Wilhite represented a prominent Houstonian and won a $1.2 million tort judgment in addition to a multimillion-dollar property division.
The firm has substantial experience negotiating post-marital agreements limiting the community estate and addressing liability concerns.
Divorce & retirement accounts
Fullenweider Wilhite protects our clients’ annuities, 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and pensions through employment. We are experienced in drafting Qualified Domestic Relations Orders(QDROs) to divide the funds at a future date.
Business and investment interests
Valuating business and investment interests and the dissolution of family partnerships require not only a knowledge of law but also financial acumen. Our team has both.
At our firm, our team of legal professionals will work with you to identify separate property and divide community property in a fair and equitable manner in your divorce. In particular, we have extensive experience handling high-value assets and interests, including:
- Business interests — If you or your spouse has an interest in a closely held business or owns a business, our lawyers will work with business valuation experts to determine the value of the business and the portion which will be divided as community property.
- Real estate — Whether it is your marital home, a vacation home or an investment property, we will assess the value of any type of residential or commercial real estate. In some cases, we work with appraisers and other real estate experts to determine the fair market value of your assets for real property division in your divorce.
- Stock options — Stock options have become an increasingly common form of employee compensation. However, determining the value of an option to purchase stock in the future can be difficult. Our attorneys consult financial experts to determine the value of an option so the value can be gained now or plan for the division of the value when the option is exercised.
- Trusts — Dividing trust assets or a spouse’s interest in a trust can pose unique problems depending on the type of trust and the number of beneficiaries. We will thoroughly investigate the value of the trust and the trust assets to determine what portion is community property in your divorce.