Forensic Accountancy in Family Law

When evaluating the accuracy of disclosure in financial remedies proceedings it is important to consider the services of a forensic accountant that specialises in such cases

Professional Forensic Accountancy

Our main role in divorce matters is to ensure financial transparency by investigating the parties’ finances, both personal and business, with the ultimate aim being to identify and investigate any discrepancies, including revealing hidden assets and income streams.

It is also not uncommon for issues with HMRC to come to light during financial negotiations. In such cases, we can provide advice as to how any disclosure can be made to HMRC and then negotiate the most favourable settlement.

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How we can help with your
Forensic Accounting requirements

Identifying the most suitable Forensic Accountant for each case

The IDR network has a wide range of providers in this area, ensuring we can match the most suitable provider to you and your client. We can assist with simple tasks such as checking the legitimacy of bank statements to more substantive tasks such as business structures and cryptocurrency accounts.

Service provision

Below is an example of some of the more specialist services our professional forensic accountants can provide

Overseas Jurisdictions:

  • Ascertain the value of assets held within those overseas jurisdictions
  • Methodology will vary depending on type of asset e.g. holiday home/investment in commercial property/bank accounts/ shareholdings/other assets
  • Understand and unravel offshore company structures to identify ultimate beneficial ownership
  • Overseas valuation experts resident in those specific jurisdictions may be required on occasions

 Cryptocurrencies:

  • Ascertain if the spouse owned cryptocurrency
  • Determine if they bought and sold on an exchange or received cryptocurrency for goods & services
  • Establish how they transacted in cryptocurrency
  • Investigate whether they used cryptocurrency within their business
  • Find out if the client can access the spouse’s records e.g. computers/phones/electronic devices
  • Gather information from other financial records to ascertain any evidence of cryptocurrency ownership

Trusts:

  • Engage with the trustees to establish who the beneficiaries of the trust are
  • If the beneficiary is identified, then establish what assets are held in the trust, their value and the beneficiary’s entitlement
  • For offshore trusts, establish if co-operation can be secured within the overseas jurisdiction to gather information

SPVs & Complex Business Structures:

  • Establish shareholding/equity interest in SPVs and valuation from the assets and liabilities held within it
  • Investigate the existence of potential shadow directorships
  • Understand shareholding values and value of debts potentially owed by the company to the individual

Property & Real Estate:

  • Utilise HM Land Registry data to test valuations on UK property
  • Examination of potential capital gains tax liabilities for parties that have left the marital home
  • Calculating HMRC capital gains tax liability where appropriate on other property and real estate to be disposed of in settlement

 

Contact us for help with Forensic Accountancy

If you want to know more about Forensic Accountancy in family law proceedings, please contact us today to arrange a consultation – email us on admin@integrated-dr.com or call us on 0207 1176 205

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