Are you a High Net Worth Divorce Client?
For more than 20 years, we have served Massachusetts divorce and family law clients from our Hingham office.
Lynch & Owens are Massachusetts divorce attorneys and family law lawyers specializing in divorce for high net worth clients, which we define as individuals earning more than $500,000 per year with a total net worth exceeding $5 million. We provide our high net worth clients with the specialized attention of a boutique law firm combined with the skills and resources of much larger firms.
Our lawyers specialize in the identification and analysis of high value assets, including private equity holdings, closely held businesses, specialized compensation assets (stock options, restricted stock units, performance stock units), qualified and non-qualified investment portfolios, domestic and international real estate holdings, offshore financial assets, trademarks and royalties, complex trusts and expectancy interests, as well as high-value art and antique collections. We coordinate with trusted financial experts, private investigators, and expert witnesses to discover hidden assets, value exotic financial holdings, and conceptualize divorce and separation agreements that provide for the division of assets for wealthy individuals.
A Forensic Approach to Wealth Division
Our approach to identifying and analyzing hidden and exotic assets relies on a forensic methodology that integrates multiple disciplines, including technology-based search and investigation, expertise in taxation and wealth management, electronic accounting techniques, and fundamentally sound litigation practices. We utilize cutting edge technology and approaches for valuing businesses, real estate, and investment holdings that ensure that our clients’ financial interests are protected.
Calculating Alimony and Child Support for High Income Earners
Determining income for support purposes also poses challenges in high net worth divorce cases. Wealthy business owners sometimes earn income through a complex combination of traditional salary (i.e. W-2 income), taxable business income (i.e. K-1 income) and the difficult-to-measure annual growth in the business’s value to a hypothetical outside buyer. Wealthy real estate investors pose a different set of challenges, where developers typically invest up-front capital costs (including real estate acquisition and renovation costs) that may not result in profitable sales for years after the initial investment. Meanwhile, calculating income for high-powered corporate executives is complicated by deferred compensation schemes, profit-sharing, stock options and variable performance bonuses.
A Team Approach to Complex Financial Litigation
Each member of our litigation team brings his or her expertise to bear when we represent clients in high net worth divorce cases. We avoid the pitfalls and tunnel vision that arise out of the single-attorney approach to divorce litigation; we understand that no single lawyer understands every financial position, and that frequent review and collaboration between attorneys is essential to understanding and reacting to every contingency. Unlike larger firms, where clients find themselves double and triple-billed by associates and senior attorneys, our team maximizes cost and efficiency by coordinating and distributing work based on each attorney’s areas of specialization and expertise. This boutique approach ensures that each client benefits from the strengths of each attorneys — without the double and triple-billing that plagues large firms.
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If you need legal representation in a complex divorce case, please call us at (781) 741-5000. An attorney from our office will evaluate your claim during a free one-hour consultation. We will help you navigate your legal issue with care, diligence and strong, cost-effective client service.
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James M. Lynch, Esq., Managing Partner and Senior Counsel
James M. Lynch, has been a practicing attorney since 1977 and is a Principal and the President of Lynch & Owens, P.C.. A resident of Hingham since 1983, Jim’s experience as both an Assistant District Attorney in Suffolk County and as a litigator in all Courts in Massachusetts since 1977 has proven invaluable in his aggressive and professional representation of the Clients of Lynch & Owens, P.C.
Jason V. Owens, Esq., Partner and Senior Counsel
Jason is a Partner and Senior Attorney at Lynch & Owens specializing in divorce, child custody and support, domestic violence, equity and estates litigation, and complex financial probate and family litigation.
Josey Lyne Payne, Esq., Senior Associate Attorney
Josey is a Senior Associate Attorney at Lynch & Owens whose areas of concentration include divorce, child custody and support, domestic violence, equity and estates litigation, and complex financial probate and family litigation.
Nicole K. Levy, Esq., Senior Associate Attorney
Nicole is a Senior Associate Attorney at Lynch & Owens whose areas of concentration include divorce, child custody and support, Department of Children and Families matters, and financial probate and family litigation.n.