Asset investigations can be useful before a lawsuit is filed to determine whether a debtor has any assets, or after you have obtained a judgment to find assets that can be seized to satisfy your judgment.
You should investigate the debtor's assets before a lawsuit is filed to determine if there are any assets to pursue after you have obtained a judgment. The Law Office of Brian R. Johnston can discover whether a person or business has assets before you file a lawsuit because you wouldn't want to spend time and money on a suit if the defendant is destitute and therefore "judgment proof".
Our asset investigations involve an extensive search for bank accounts, stocks, bonds, business partnerships, safety deposit boxes, real estate, automobiles, aircraft, boats, employment income, retirement funds, royalties, accounts receivable and intellectual property including patents and trademarks. In addition to the debtor, we also examine assets of spouses and family members for possible fraudulent transfers to the debtor's family, and to corporations associated with the debtor.
The benefits of a thorough asset investigation include:
• Knowing with confidence whether to file a lawsuit.
• Identifying assets (both visible and hidden).
• Identifying non-exempt assets that can be seized to satisfy your judgment after suit.
• Establishing admissible evidence suitable for later use in a potential fraudulent transfer action.