I am in the beginning stages of getting a divorce and am very suspicious that my soon to be ex-husband is hiding money (in the millions.). I discovered this when our shared computer was accidentally left open and subsequently came across documentation stating so.
I have not hired an attorney yet but is there a way he/she would be able to find this out? I have not mentioned anything and don't plan to.
Thank you in advance!
The attorney won’t be the one who does the investigation. There’s a special type of account that does that. They’re called forensic accountants and you need to budget for that , because it’s not cheap
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You need an attorney if this is a high-asset divorce or you will be completely railroaded. If your ex has means to afford an attorney and you do not, he can be ordered to pay your legal fees. So do not let your financial situation prevent you from seeking out legal counsel. Hiding assets in a divorce is incredibly common and attorneys are well-versed in the tools necessary to discover hidden assets. Sometimes that means hiring a forensic accountant, as Attny. Straus stated. It is expensive, but a good attorney will know how to file the motion to have your ex pay for the forensic accountant. If you are still living together and have access to any of his records, I suggest you make copies of every single thing you can get your hands on, and if you can access what you saw on the computer that day, save it and/or print it out. Tax returns, financial files, bank statements - everything. You are his wife still and have every right to all this information and it will be invaluable to your attorney.
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Attorney Campbell is absolutely right. You might want to contact her as you definitely need a good
attorney. You should file for the Divorce soon.
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