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Stryker provides the Best-in-Class professional asset search investigation services to Law Firms and businesses. After your judgment is entered you will be informed by the court clerk that court judgments are not self-enforcing. Sometimes a solvent or honest debtors will want to pay soon after judgment is entered. A judgment will show up on credit reports and will be a matter of public record. This will be a problem for any judgment debtor attempting to borrow money.
Working on behalf of our clients seeking to enforce legal judgments awarding financial damages or seeking the return of funds misappropriated by the use of conversion or other means. Stryker identified missing, previously unknown or hidden assets. Our experience includes multi-jurisdictional investigations involving offshore capital flight havens, creditor-unfriendly jurisdictions, complex investment group structures and nominee and alter ego companies.
Stryker would like to caution our potentials clients, with this warning… there is a big difference between the terms “asset search investigation” and “financial investigation.” These are two completely different investigations, requiring completely different professional experts and skill sets.
An asset is an economic resource. Anything tangible or intangible that is capable of being owned or controlled to produce value and that is held to have positive economic value is considered an asset. As such, an asset search investigation is relative easy to conduct, as the majority of Tangible Assets; (fixed) and are documented in public records. Though Tangible Assets; (liquid) are not a matter of public record and require a permissible purpose to conduct a search.
Tangible Assets: (fixed) real estate, buildings, homes, equipment and machinery, tools, equity in property, capital assets, gold and minerals after extraction. Stryker
Tangible Assets: (liquid) is a comprehensive process of discovery to determine tangible assets, current assets and other assets that can be converted to cash, such as liquid assets, bank accounts, money market fund shares, bonds, mutual funds, and the cash value of a life insurance policy. Stryker
On the other hand a financial investigation is a completely different investigation. At its simplest, a financial investigation tries to determine where money comes from, how it moves, and how it is used. Also known as forensic accounting, this type of investigation is often crucial when dealing with corporate investigations, theft, embezzlement, money laundering, dishonest employees and can be associated with criminal charges. Investigators analyze all documents that show the paper trail of events involving money with the primary objective of documenting the movement of money.
Tracing funds and activities within companies and across jurisdictions presents complex challenges to which our experts apply their forensic investigative abilities. Stryker team provides financial investigative expertise for class actions, civil litigations, regulatory enforcement proceedings, and white collar criminal matters.
ASSET SEARCH INVESTIGATIONS
Stryker has extensive experience in asset search investigation services and provides the legal industry with litigation support services. This is a comprehensive program that includes searches for assets such as bank, savings accounts brokerage, stocks, bonds, business partnerships. These services are typically used as part of pre-trial litigation to formulate a strategic battle plan that can be used as leverage during the course of negotiations or to determine whether a lawsuit is economically worth pursuing.
Stryker Investigation Services Inc., operates in full compliance with debt collection laws, and have made substantial investments in technology to provide our clients with the best-in-class access to relevant debtor information, as allowed by the IRS, Federal Trade Commission, US Department of Labor Garnishment laws. In order to conduct an asset investigation the requestor or creditor must have a permissible purpose. A permissible purpose is defined by a legal right to delve into privileged or private information on an individual or business.
There is a variety of reasons an attorney will need to use the services of a private investigator.
- As part of investigative services for ongoing litigation, civil, criminal, divorce matters…etc.
- To find assets to use as leverage during the course of negotiations,
- or to determine whether a lawsuit is economically worth pursuing.
Pre-Litigation asset search investigations are a preemptive tactic used to determine what assets or income may be seized in the event a judgment is ordered. Subsequent, information can be used to determine if the judicial venture is economically worth the effort. Evidence obtained during this process can be admissible in court and used at trial to prepare a better case.
A secured position will give a creditor significant leverage over the debtor that may prompt the debtor into a quick settlement. It may also provide significant protection in the event of a bankruptcy (or even prompt the debtor not to file bankruptcy) because secured debts are not dischargeable.
How can money be recovered with a judgment?
Levying a Bank Account
Real Property Liens
Taking Other Property
Money deposited into checking or savings accounts, wages (25% in most states)
Business Assets – Till Tap or a keeper
Stocks, Bonds, Mutual Funds, and Other Securities
Collecting Judgments Across State Lines
Motor Vehicles – cars, trucks, RVs, boats, snowmobiles, motorcycles, etc.
Writ of Execution
Property belonging to the debtor held by someone else
Judgments or other debts owed to your debtor