San Francisco Property Division Lawyers
Dividing Your California Marital Estate
In the simplest California divorces, couples equally divide their modest assets and move on with their lives. In many dissolutions, the math and the legalities of community property are infinitely more complicated. Dividing the estate down the middle might be impractical, and the complexities of certain estates may warrant more creative solutions. There could be significant disagreement about the value of certain assets, or whether a community property interest even exists.
Since estates differ, working with a law firm that can knowledgeably address diverse points of law within a broader perspective is important.
Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., helps clients establish priorities, choose their battles, and secure their fair share of the estate, so they will emerge from the divorce in the most beneficial financial position.
We are an established team of San Francisco family lawyers, representing individuals throughout the Bay Area. Schedule a consultation at 415.834.1120.
Sophisticated Analysis And Strategies For Property Division
Many of our clients are professionals, entrepreneurs, and executives, or the spouses of high earners. We delight in solving challenging legal and financial puzzles, and we can knowledgeably address the various aspects of marital wealth that arise in divorce:
- Complex property distribution
- Business and professional practice valuations
- Retirement portfolios
- Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs)
- Community property (versus separate property)
- Transmutation of assets
- Appreciated value of separate property
- Loans, credit cards and debts
- Deferred compensation
- Assets owned through trusts
- Alimony payments or lump-sum distributions
- Tax considerations
- Prenuptial agreements
- Bankruptcy in the context of divorce
Our firm also handles property division among unmarried couples, such as high net worth clients who cohabitated but never married, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual (“LGBT”) clients who accumulated wealth together.
“Debra was a true advocate for me as I was figuring out to how to proceed, what I needed, wanted, and deserved after 28 years of marriage. She listened carefully, was respectful of my wishes to keep legal fees to a minimum, always answered calls promptly, was a rock when I was confused and/or emotional. She was able to steer me through a difficult time always maintaining a positive upbeat attitude, a great sense of humor, and always assuring me of a good outcome. She is simply the best at what she does. The associates who work with her are terrific as well. It is a brilliant team of people to have on your side.”
— A.V. (See other testimonials from clients.)
Protecting Your Interests In Asset Division
Attorney Debra Schoenberg is a certified specialist* in divorce and family law, with over 30 years of experience negotiating and litigating property settlements. Our accomplished lawyers skillfully handle classification, valuation, hidden assets, and multiple other issues that arise. We are prepared to go to court when the other party will not bargain in good faith, or when we need a judge to settle an impasse or resolve a legal question. In or out of court, we strive to maintain the dignity and humanity of our clients during this stressful process.
To speak with experienced San Francisco property division attorneys about the issues specific to your divorce or legal separation, please contact us online or call us at 415.834.1120.
* Certified in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.