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Offering Proven Expertise in Negotiating the Division of High Value, Highly Complex Community Property

Business interests. Investment properties. Stock options. Trusts. When complex and substantial holdings are at stake, you need attorneys who have a depth of knowledge in business valuation and the equitable division of marital property. With experience in both family law and accounting, the attorneys at Fullenweider Wilhite are well equipped to handle this added level of complexity.

High-net-worth divorce

Divorces that involve substantial assets or complex business holdings often require conducting specialized discovery or hiring trained experts. With over two centuries of combined experience, our firm provides high-quality legal services that are custom-tailored to address the needs and concerns of your divorce.

Complex property division and rights

One of the most complicated and crucial elements in settling a divorce involving considerable assets is successfully differentiating community property from separate property. We have a proven record of helping clients protect their property rights, particularly separate assets such as inheritances, gifts, and pre-marriage investments and retirement accounts.

Divorce and retirement accounts

In the event of divorce, Fullenweider Wilhite helps you devise strategies to protect your annuities, 401(k) plans, individual retirement accounts (IRAs) and pensions through employment. We are also 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 dissolving family partnerships requires both legal insights and financial acumen. Our team has both. In particular, we have extensive experience in the following areas:

  • 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 complicated. Our attorneys often 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 may be community property in your divorce.

For more information or to arrange a consultation, contact us today at info@fullenweider.com, 713.624.4100 (Houston) or 512.610.2335 (Austin).

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