Seattle Property Division Lawyer
Division of Marital Property and Debts in Bellevue, Washington
During the divorce process, an important task is to fairly divide the assets and liabilities of the couple. As a community property state, Washington assumes that all property and debt accumulated during a marriage is community property. Significant disputes can arise, however, as to what is separate and what is community property and how that property will be divided.
If you are contemplating divorce and significant assets are involved, you need experienced legal counsel to protect your rights and interests. For over 20 years, the firm of Gilson-Moreau & Associates, P.S., has helped clients resolve these issues in a fair and just manner.
Call 425-462-2226 to arrange for an initial consultation.
Untangling the Property Knot
The process of property division can become very complicated. Assets acquired during a marriage can be separate, such as gifts and inheritances. A bigger problem comes with commingling—when a separate asset is combined with a community asset to purchase another community asset such as a house. The longer a marriage lasts, the more difficult it becomes to untangle the property knot.
Our Seattle property division attorneys have extensive experience in untangling property issues ranging from the simple to the complex. We understand how to identify, trace, value, and analyze property of all types, including:
- Commingled financial assets,
- Homes and other real estate such as vacation homes
- Pensions, IRAs, and 401-K retirement accounts
- Businesses, including corporations and partnerships
- Stocks, bonds, and investment accounts,
- Household goods and furnishings
- Automobiles, recreational vehicles, and boats
When needed, we do no hesitate to call upon knowledgeable and credible property appraisers, forensic accountants, financial analysts, business valuation specialists, and others from our network of experts for assistance in identifying, tracing, and valuing every marital asset and liability, and testifying in court
Negotiation and Litigation of Property Division Disputes
Our legal and financial analysis usually enables us to successfully negotiate settlements that fairly divide property and assign debts. When negotiation fails, our research and preparation can provide an advantage should the matter end up in trial.
Our firm can also create a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement for you. By clearly identifying property that is separate, such an agreement can protect assets and reduce or eliminate property division disputes should a divorce occur.
If you would like a reduced-rate consultation with a Seattle divorce lawyer at Gilson-Moreau & Associates, P.S., call 425-462-2226 or contact our family law office online.