JULY 2017
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We are grateful to have the opportunity to provide you this valuable information via our monthly e-newsletter and our unparalleled forensic accounting and fraud investigative services.
The goal of this e-newsletter is to provide you critical, inside information that will help you "follow the money" in business disputes, divorce cases, fraud cases, estate matters, corporate embezzlement and to prevail when defending an IRS criminal case. We will do this by sharing the knowledge we have from our 25+ years of experience as an IRS Special Agent and 15 years as a private investigator / forensic accountant. 

We take special care to ensure the information we provide you in "The Beacon" is the latest and most current information available. In this edition, we provide helpful hints for women going through divorce.

We want to write about topics that will assist you in prevailing with criminal or civil cases whether IRS cases or divorce cases. Please e-mail us your topics of interest to Thebeacon@sageinvestigations.com 
We encourage you to share our e-newsletter with others in your sphere of influence. 
Edmond J. Martin
Principal, Chief Investigator
Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE)
Texas Certified Investigator (TCI)
Helpful Hints for Women Going Through Divorce  

  Investigative experience has shown in married couples, that in many cases, the wife has less knowledge than the husband about their finances.  This is generally a result of our culture.  Therefore, upon contemplation of divorce by the wife or divorce threatened by the husband, the wife should gain as much knowledge immediately about their finances as possible. To do so, the wife should gathering and securing the following:
  1. Register with banks to access accounts online with which she has signature authority.  Register her own login and password and do not share the login or password.  Obtain copies (preferably in PDF format) of all bank account statements, checks, and deposit slips.  Obtain login and passwords for all financial accounts.
  2. Find out everything she can about the nature of all bank accounts, checking, savings, money market, Certificates of Deposit, Lines of Credit, and loan accounts.  (At a minimum, get the bank name and account numbers for safekeeping.)
  3. Find out about all retirement accounts including 401(k)s, IRAs, SEPs, and pension plans.  Secure all the statements available. (At a minimum, get the bank or brokerage name and account numbers for safekeeping.)
  4. Find out about all investments accounts for stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and secure copies of all statements. (At a minimum, get the bank name and account numbers for safe keeping.)
  5. Find out about any annuities and determine the beneficiary if possible.  (At a minimum, get the entities' name and account numbers for the annuity for safekeeping.)
  6. Determine if there are any trust accounts and gather all information available. (At a minimum, get the bank name and account numbers for safekeeping.)
  7. Determine if gold, silver, platinum, or other precious metals, raw diamonds, or precious stones were purchased.  (At a minimum, get the seller's name and account numbers for the provider of precious metals or stones for safekeeping.)
  8. Secure a copy of wills and estate documents.
  9. Secure copies of the past years tax returns for at least five years. 
  10. If there is a safety deposit box, gather the contents for safekeeping or consider taking pictures and safeguard the photos.
  11. Gather copies of all insurance policies.
  12. Keep all documents in a safe spot that cannot be viewed or removed. 
Women need to absolutely accumulate a rainy day fund.

After gathering the above information, the wife should hire a reputable attorney with family law experience as soon as possible.  She will be required to provide... Read More

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