In a country in which people can form a company in minutes over the internet, it’s amazing to us how many asset searches proceed on the basis that you only need to look for property owned directly by a person.

So often, we find that someone can truthfully state at a deposition that he owns

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:

The

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:

The debtor has a passion for historic architecture, and you remember him once mentioning a beautiful old house that he was thinking about buying years ago.  You suspect that he may have secretly purchased the house and has failed to disclose it.

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SOLUTIONS:

Real estate protected by historic designations can be

PROBLEM:

You think that your debtor owns property, but you cannot find any evidence that he owns any real estate in his own name.  You suspect that he purchased property through a corporation so that you would not be able to find it.

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SOLUTIONS:

If you do not know the name of