Grandchildren of the late Judge Leander Perez, a segregationist political boss who ruled Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana from the twenties until his death in 1968, recently filed a so-called “legacy lawsuit” against several large oil companies for allegedly polluting land on which the family held mineral rights.  The glaring problem with the plaintiffs’ case is that

Last week, Curtis Harold DeBerry, owner of the Texas-based Progreso Produce Company, was arrested and accused of cheating investors, business partners and banks out of millions of dollars over the past few years.  He now faces up to 30 years in prison.

According to the criminal complaint, DeBerry hid assets by transferring money

Whitney St. John and James B. Fairchild’s acrimonious divorce began in 2011, and the couple has been fighting over how to divide their fabulous collection of art and antiques ever since.  With no amicable resolution in sight, last week, a Suffolk County judge ordered the couple to liquidate their possessions and equally divide the proceeds. 

PROBLEM:

The debtor, whose family lives in Brazil, claims to have no foreign investments.  He mentioned years ago that his family had some rental properties in Sao Palo, but you have never seen them, and you don’t know exactly where they are located.  You suspect that he may be a part owner.

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SOLUTIONS:

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Last week, a Tennessee judge fined Oprah Winfrey’s father, Vernon Winfrey, $70,000 in legal fees as punishment for bad behavior during his divorce.  According to the judge’s decision, Mr. Winfrey used some fairly complicated maneuvers to avoid splitting the value of a barbershop he owned with his soon-to-be ex-wife while at the same time

PROBLEM:

Your debtor has a taste for fine jewelry and you suspect that she’s recently purchased and hidden some expensive pieces.

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SOLUTIONS:

If you have access to your debtor’s bank records, they are a great place to begin looking for evidence that your debtor has some jewelry stashed away.  You may not find something

PROBLEM:

Your debtor has loved the Aston Martin DB5 ever since James Bond drove it across the silver screen in 1964.  He has wanted one for years, and you suspect that he finally took the plunge and bought one the minute you moved out of the house.

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SOLUTIONS:

As we have explained in previous