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I am going through a mediated divorce, but I just discovered that my wife has had a safe deposit box that she has not disclosed to me. I believe she may be hiding cash in that box. Is there a way to get the bank to freeze access to the box until we both can go in and review the contents. She will be signing a document tomorrow that states she has declared everything she has, this box will not be mentioned. I believe there are some laws that she would be breaking. How would I go about managing this access to the box, do I need a lawyer, and about how much would it cost?

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Lawyer's Assistant: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

South Orange County, California

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

Only the divorce papers to the court. Martial Settlement Agreement is being signed tomorrow.

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Lawyer: Michael Bradley, Lawyer replied 11 months ago
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once she signs the paper then you go on the attack

file a petition for contempt for failure to disclose all financial information

ask the court to direct the bank that holds the box to freeze its contents until further order of court

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Customer reply replied 11 months ago
Quick question, are you a family lawyer? or criminal lawyer?
Lawyer: Michael Bradley, Lawyer replied 11 months ago

both actually

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