In some divorce cases a party who seeks to limit financial liability to his or her former partner will try to conceal assets in businesses, property, trusts, hedge funds, etc. Often (but not always) these assets are held offshore. The concealment of assets by any method is likely to constitute fraud, as one of the key documents in financial settlement proceedings (the Form E) requires parties to give ‘full, frank and clear disclosure’ and warns that criminal proceedings can be brought in the event that a party has been ‘deliberately untruthful’.
How Slater Heelis Can Help YouIn the event that you suspect your former partner of hiding assets, our family solicitors are experts in finding assets and, where appropriate, we will instruct forensic accountants to ensure that any relevant information is put before the Family Court. Recent case law has confirmed the significance of the validity of financial settlements where assets have been hidden. As such it is vital that where significant assets are concerned you have an experienced legal team dealing with your matter. Where appropriate our experts will advise as to your options to freeze assets by way of an injunction.
Call Our Family Law Experts TodayOur professional and thorough family solicitors can advise you on any matters relating to asset tracing and hidden assets. Please contact our Sale or Manchester city centre locations on 0161 969 3131, or email a member of the team.
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Mark HeptinstallPartner & Head of Family
Kim AucottConsultant Solicitor
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