1776 S. Naperville Road
Building B, Suite 202
Wheaton, IL 60189
630-462-9500630-462-9500
New client after hours number: 630-690-6077
Wheaton Divorce Lawyer
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Wheaton, IL Protecting Assets and Investments Attorneys

Protecting Assets and Investments Lawyers Serving DuPage County

When you are planning on obtaining a divorce, you have the opportunity to take steps to protect your rights and your assets beforehand. Even when you anticipate a divorce will be amicable, circumstances often change quickly. It is prudent to discuss your situation with an experienced divorce attorney.

At The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C., we work with clients who are considering filing for divorce, as well as those who have already begun divorce proceedings. Our attorneys can help you protect yourself, and ensure you receive a fair financial settlement or judgment. When necessary, we also represent clients' interests in the courtroom, providing aggressive litigation in order to achieve their desired outcomes.

Protecting Assets During a Divorce in DuPage County

When you obtain a divorce, you have a right to an equitable division of all of your marital assets. In order to ensure you receive a fair settlement, it is important to fully and accurately quantify your marital estate. To do so, you must have a complete picture of your financial assets and debts. There are some steps you can take prior to your divorce that can help you protect assets and investments in your marital estate. These steps include:

  • Obtaining copies of all of your financial records for the last three years including bank statements, investment statements, retirement accounts, tax returns, etc. If possible, obtain any and all financial records for businesses that are part of the marital estate as well as accounts held in your spouses’ name only.
  • Review deposits into bank accounts to see if it matches the income reported, or the inverse, make sure the income reported shows up in an account.
  • Open your own bank account in your name only.
  • Establish your own credit if you do not have a strong credit history.
  • Inventory and photograph all valuable property included in your estate including jewelry, electronics, artwork, motor vehicles, antiques, etc.
  • Avoid mixing any non-marital money you receive (i.e. an inheritance) by depositing it into a joint account. Use your separate account.

With these steps, you can help ensure you obtain a full and fair settlement of your marital estate. Unfortunately, some spouses take protecting their assets too far and try to hide assets or income from their spouses. In such cases, forensic accounting can help uncover assets or income that have been purposely concealed. Our attorneys are experienced in uncovering hidden assets or income, and protecting our clients’ rights.

If you are planning on filing for divorce or have already started the divorce process, contact us at 630-462-9500630-462-9500 to schedule a consultation. We will meet with you to discuss the specific circumstances of your divorce. We will provide rational advice for how to best position yourself to achieve the goals you have for your divorce. From our offices in Wheaton, IL we represent clients throughout Northern Illinois including DuPage County and the surrounding areas.

  • DuPage County Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Rotary of Oak Brook
  • Martindale Hubbell
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • DCBA Law Firm of the Year
    DCBA Law Firm of the Year 2011, 2013
  • Office of the States Attorney 2006-2007
    Outstanding Service to the Office of the State's Attorney 2006-2007
  • Prosecutor 2012
    Outstanding Misdemeanor Prosecutor 2012
  • AVVO Clients Choice
    Clients' Choice
  • I would highly recommend Tony Sammarco to anyone needing a divorce lawyer. He explained all my options to me and he made sure I understood the process. I am glad I had him there to help me through this difficult time.

  • Thank you doesn’t seem enough for all that Bill Stogsdill and Brett Williamson have done not only for me, but my children as well. When I first met both of these gentlemen, each presented themselves with such self-confidence. I instantly knew...

  • The Stogsdill Law Firm and I were able to obtain sole custody of my son. I am fortunate for the outcome and I am to be a father to my son. Secondly, my ex-spouse was awarded limited portion of the marital estate. Bryan Estes is more than an excellent lawyer...

  • Whenever my opinion is asked by any of my clients, friends or family regarding what law firm someone should use for their divorce my answer is always the same –The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C. The kids and I are forever indebted to Bill and his firm.

  • Bryan's ability to listen and understand my situation and then offer his advice on how we should proceed was the main reasons I hired Bryan as my attorney. That was the best decision I made, for myself and my children. Bryan helped develop action plans as well as a strategy ...

  • I wanted to thank you for your professional and respectful help with my case. Before entering your law firm, I felt as if my life might be at an end. After being greeted by your office manager, I was completely put at ease. Then after my consultation with you, I knew I was in good hands...

  • Mr. Smit has demonstrated a high degree of loyalty and trust worthiness to his work and to his associates. Justin certainly is an asset to your Law Firm, his organization skills are second to none. I have and will continue to recommend Justin ...

  • I recently made the life-altering decision of ending a 30 year marriage. While the support of family and friends was very important, I knew that choosing the right attorney was vital. In large part, my future would be determined by his legal advice and skills…

  • You've clearly established a client-focus in your office -- providing your clients with the warmth and understanding they need as they go through a very difficult time. Thank you, again, for all your help.

  • Taking that step to file for divorce was probably one of the most life changing decisions I have ever made. The process is very painful and emotionally draining. I retained Robert Boyd and Justin Smit of The Stogsdill Law Firm, P.C...