The firm represents clients from Florida, South America, Central America, and the Caribbean islands and regularly assists clients who speak Spanish. We represent men, women, and children from our offices in Miami, Florida.
Sean works with financial professionals, including forensic accountants and investigators, to uncover the evidence, including but not limited to concealed assets. Sean seeks to protect your legal rights and financial interests. He understands how stressful these matters are for you and your loved ones and strives to provide clients with guidance and personal attention to navigate complex and challenging family disputes.
Essential Property Protection and Distribution. Accurate Business Valuation
At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, we are committed to careful preparation and a good outcome in your high-net-worth divorce, whether through negotiation, mediation, or trial, if required.
Despite our best attempts to keep the expense of a contentious divorce low, the nature of the difficulties in a divorce, as well as the other spouse's lack of cooperation, can make an amicable conclusion impossible. However, we have the resources and knowledge to advocate your interests in court when complicated asset and debt division disputes arise.
In Florida, divorce proceedings involving high-net-worth individuals frequently pose several property-distribution difficulties. Divorcing spouses who cannot agree on distributing property must turn to the courts for assistance. A court must divide the property equitably or fairly under Florida's equitable distribution scheme. That may or may not imply an even split between the parties. Property division can be challenging for spouses who operate a business or have a variety of assets and sources of income. However, spouses can decide how they'll share their property in a prenuptial or postnuptial contract.
The court must first determine what property the couple owns before making a final determination on asset split. This act includes determining the fair market value of any business assets you own. It is a lengthy process that requires the court to weigh the value of a company's assets, predicted future earnings, and intangibles such as "goodwill" derived from trademarks, business ties, and organizational synergy. This evaluation often sparks controversy among experts, but it should essentially be based on the business's open market pricing.
You may rely on our legal team's expertise to:
Complete a comprehensive examination of your assets and property holdings, including accurate real estate, company interests, pensions, retirement accounts, and other investments assessments.
Recognize and account for critical historical issues, such as when one spouse worked while the other pursued their education.
Proper valuation and interest division in a family firm (closely-held business).
Division of interest in a professional practice conducted by a spouse, such as a law firm, a medical business, or a dentistry office.
Knowing each spouse's assets and financial condition allows deciding whether or not they require alimony or child support, as well as their ability to pay it. When couples discuss these issues or a court settles them, all assets should be on the table. However, people can be dishonest at times.
Due to complicated strategies that may or may not be aimed at concealing the money from the other spouse or a court, a concealed asset is not easily recognized while examining accounting records and financial statements. They're usually liquid, like equities, bonds, or bank accounts, and they can be hidden by sending money to a friend, associate, or an offshore bank. With the help of a skilled investigator, these assets are frequently discovered.
Before the marital property is divided in Florida's high-asset, multi-million dollar divorce, many factors must be carefully considered. We can assist you in the following ways:
Perform rigorous research and discovery to uncover assets or transactions that your divorcing spouse is seeking to hide, disclose unlawful expenditures or waste, and reveal all sources of income.
Trace funds from bank accounts to reveal hidden holdings.
Use experts in business valuation to determine the best valuation method and worth for a company.
Appraise the worth of rare or unique goods like art, collectibles, and antiques.
Divide ownership of several real estate holdings, such as investment properties and holiday homes.
Establish what potential asset and debt dispositions have tax ramifications.
You can count on The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary to be diligent and sensitive to all of your needs as we work to get the best possible results for you and your children. We can also provide expert guidance and representation on child custody (timesharing), child support, and alimony/spousal support matters. We understand that this is a critical moment for you.
How Can The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary Help You in High Net Worth Divorce Cases?
At The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, we have successfully represented many clients and are familiar with the challenges that occur in high net worth and family law disputes. When we take on your case, we work directly with you to defend and safeguard your interests. This includes relying on our extensive experience and investigative capabilities to ensure that business holdings are accurately appraised and all assets are discovered. When the stakes are high and there is no room for error, it is critical to hire a skilled trial lawyer with a proven track record of success in complicated legal cases. The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary brings together many years of working with investigators and of trial experience and applies this to divorce and family law disputes.
Our approach brings a wealth of legal knowledge and experience to the table. Our ultimate goal is to assist you in retaining as much financial stability as possible once a relationship has ended. We also provide compassionate guidance and relentless advocacy to help you successfully settle related family concerns. We're committed to helping you achieve the best possible family outcomes through our:
In-depth legal knowledge
Rapid support, and
Commitment to open communication
If you are considering a divorce in the Miami region, call the divorce lawyer at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary.