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Ely, Counselor at Law
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Do you use private investgator to find spouse's hidding

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Do you use private investgator to find spouse's hidding assets?
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
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Not always, but this is certainty possible and done often.
However, PIs do not do anything extraordinary. They simply know where to look. The most commonly used method of obtaining asset information in such a situation if it is believed that the spouse is lying is by public records:
1. Dissolution Decrees and Property Settlement Agreements;
2. Statements and Schedules in a dismissed bankruptcy case;
3. UCC Filings;
4. Secretary of State Department of Motor Vehicles;
5. Credit Reports;
6. Corporation Commission;
7. County Assessor’s Office; and
8. County Recorder’s Office.
PIs use all these to possible find records and connections to third parties with whom they may have hidden those assets.
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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
How private investgator's report relaiable in divorce court in New York?
Why forensic accountant can not do same job as pI.?
Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
Their reports are normally deemed pretty reliable because they are backed up by proof (public record, or, video/audio tape, etc).
Forensic accountants do not do the same thing as private investigators. FAs go over financial paperwork to find mistakes and hidden assets, as well as search public records. PIs tend to research people, follow them, and search public records as well.
So while there is some overlap, they have different qualifications and work differently. I suppose you can use EITHER for strictly tracing assets.
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Expert:  Ely replied 10 months ago.
Hello again. This is a courtesy check in to see if you needed anything else in regards ***** ***** question because you never responded or replied positively. I am simply touching base. Let me know. Thanks!
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Forensic accountant just checked back 2-3 years which I think my spouse clean up or moved assets way back.
If spouse moved assets to his family member in oversea, which way is the best to trace it?