Experienced Marital Property Division Counsel
Dividing marital property can be one of the most challenging parts of a divorce, especially if you have significant assets such as real estate and business investments. Dividing retirement savings accounts and pensions can also be challenging, especially if you or your spouse are in the military or are employed as a police officer or firefighter.
For assistance during all aspects of your divorce, including complex property division, in Springfield, Massachusetts, contact me, attorney Claudette-Jean Girard. I have more than a decade of family law experience and over that time, I have represented clients from Amherst, Pittsfield and throughout western Massachusetts.
Considering Your Entire Asset Portfolio
When it comes to money, property and other assets, things can quickly become complicated, particularly if you have a large marital estate. It is best to hire a family law attorney as soon as you start heading down the path toward divorce, in order to protect your interests and ensure you are treated fairly. As your Springfield property division lawyer, I can guide you through the process of taking inventory of your marital assets and dividing them equitably. I have experience assisting clients with high-value assets, including real estate businesses, bank accounts, pension and retirement account divisions. and personal property.
Things To Think About Before We Meet
Often, I ask clients questions about their assets they never considered before hiring me. When you visit my Springfield office, we can talk through these questions and then proceed forward. Some questions we should answer together include:
- Are either of you self-employed?
- Do either you or your spouse have life insurance policies? What kind?
- Does either of you have a pension? Was it accrued during the marriage?
- Do either of you receive executive compensation, such as stock options?
- Do you or your spouse have any IRAs, 401(k)s, etc? When were they accrued?
- Who put the down payment on your real estate?
- Were marital funds used to pay mortgage payment or make home improvements?
- Do you have credit card debt? What types of things are charged on the cards?
- Is there a mortgage on your real estate? What is the principal balance?
- Are either of you business owners? What type of entity?
- Did the spouse of the business owner make contributions toward the business?
- Does each of you have a vehicle? Are there loans on these vehicles?
For Answers About Real Estate And Assets In Divorce, Call A Northampton Attorney
With help from a knowledgeable and compassionate attorney, you can start a new chapter in your life. For a free 30-minute consultation, call 877-622-6089 or contact me online. I handle family law cases throughout central and western Massachusetts.