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San Francisco Complex Property Distribution Lawyers

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The concept of community property is simple enough, whether your marital estate is worth $20,000 or $20 million. But for most high net worth couples, several legal issues must be resolved before the parties can begin to negotiate a final distribution of their wealth.

Additional considerations – such as cash flow, third-party creditor issues, egos, and emotions – affect a couple’s ability to reach a fair, practical distribution of the various elements of the estate.

Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., is highly equipped to handle complex property division. Our San Francisco divorce lawyer litigates high-asset divorces throughout the Bay Area, serving clients with a wide range of financial issues, from those holding simple assets to those managing multimillion-dollar marital estates. We have the legal acumen to address the diverse portfolios of high earners, such as entrepreneurs, executives, professionals, venture capitalists, entertainers, and their partners.

Extensive Experience With High-Asset Divorces

Debra R. Schoenberg is a certified* family lawyer, and a respected author and lecturer on community property law and related California family law issues. Her firm obtains results in challenging and high-conflict cases. Ms. Schoenberg has a strong courtroom record and a sophisticated understanding of the comprehensive considerations of high-asset dissolutions, such as:

We engage appraisers, valuation experts, forensic accountants, private investigators, and other professionals as necessary, to assure that every asset has been identified, characterized, and valued so that we can understand the total value of the marital estate. Once we have determined the exact nature of the community estate, we can then provide our clients with appropriate strategies to secure a favorable distribution whether through mediation, negotiation and/or litigation.

“My divorce was not simple. My ex-husband and I are both in the entertainment industry and had no desire for publicity. We did not want to go to court. There were no precedents at the time for the size or complexity of what needed to be sorted out in our divorce. Plus, we were working very diligently at changing the organizing principle in our relationship and wanted to avoid an acrimonious situation. We wanted to continue to own property together and figure out how to share it with one another and our children… Truly, I remain grateful now, two years after the resolution of my divorce, to have worked with SFLG and Debra Schoenberg.”

— A.V. (Read other client testimonials)

Managing A Complex Divorce

Even when there is ample wealth to divide, property division can be bitterly contested. Ideally, parties should litigate only when legal ambiguities or valuation disputes exist that cannot be solved in mediation or negotiation. However, spouses in high-asset divorces sometimes argue for emotional reasons, and when there is great wealth, some couples feel little financial incentive to be settlement-minded.

We try to be the voice of reason, helping our clients to set realistic goals and choose when to fight and where to let go. While you can’t control what your spouse does, you can protect your interests and shape the outcome of your property settlement. Our goal is to preserve your dignity and humanity in an adversarial process, starting with honest and respectful legal counsel. To speak with our complex property distribution attorneys about the unique considerations in your divorce, please
contact us online or by telephone at 415.834.1120.

* Certified in Family Law by the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization.

Our Awards and Memberships

Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C., recognizes that family law matters involve complex, sensitive issues that can have a lasting impact on you, your family, your finances and your future.

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10.0 Avvo Superb Top Attorney Family Law, Divorce
Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal
American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys 2017
100 TOP WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES Women Who Lead
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF MATRIMONIAL LAWYERS (AAML)
2022 Client Satisfaction American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best
100 Fastest-Growing Private Companies In the Bay Area San Francisco Business Times
2021 LGBTQ-OWNED BUSINESSES Business Pride
10 Best Female Attorneys 2017 American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
San Francisco Bay Area's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For Winner 2021
2018 Best Lawyers Best Law Firms U.S. News & World Report
California Board of Legal Specialization (CBLS) State Bar of California
2020 Client Champion Debra R. Schoenberg
San Francisco Business Times Corporate Philanthropy Awards 2019
Expertise Best Divorce Lawyers in Concord 2020
2018 Expertise Best Divorce Lawyers in San Francisco
Fast 100
Lead Counsel Rated
Litigation Counsel of America (LCA) Fellow
National Board of Trial Advocacy
2017 Parents' Press Best of The Bay
San Francisco Business Times
Rated By Super Lawyers Debra R. Schoenberg
The Business of Pride
2021 Best Businesses Three Best Rated
San Francisco Business Times Corporate Philanthropy Awards & Summit
American Jurist Institute Top 10 Attorneys of 2018
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