Divorce and separation may be one of the most challenging times in your clients’ lives. Let us un-complicate the discovery process. See answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.
Can you collect financial data?
We are lawyers with a deep technical backgrounds. We can extract financial files (e.g. accounting files like Quicken and QuickBooks), and financial data in databases. If you need a detailed financial review for your legal case, we can recommend a forensic accountant or CPA.
Do you work for only one party in the lawsuit?
As an expert witness, we only work with one party in the litigation, because of conflict of interest rules. However, if both sides agree, we can work as a Neutral Third-Party Expert. We help the parties establish a protocol, and then we collect the evidence for both sides, cull out any attorney-client privileged communications, and exchange the data between the parties. The parties negotiate who pays our fees, and is often 50/50.
See the menu to the right for answers to more frequently asked questions you may have to make your litigation preparation smoother.
How much does a forensic collection cost?
We offer flat-fee pricing for all our forensic collections. For example, a phone starts at $375, Computer $475, and Email Account $475. You can see more flat-fees here. The flat-fee services are all-inclusive. Therefore, we don’t charge for phone calls, emails, meetings, or hard drives to store the data.
Which side do you work for in a divorce case?
We do not limit our work to any specific type of client. In the past, we’ve represented husbands, wives and domestic partners with equal vigor.
Can you work with both spouses in a divorce case?
We cannot. To do so would create a conflict of interest.
Are you a private investigator to help find assets in offshore accounts or assets hidden by spouse?
We are not private investigators but can recommend them for you. However, we do review all of the electronic data on cell phones and computers and often that helps your lawyer discover these types of hidden assets and accounts.
Do you represent clients as divorce attorneys?
No, we work for law firms as expert witnesses.
How do you preserve data taken from a computer?
Preserving relevant data or evidence is crucial when you prepare for a trial. This is done through forensic imaging, where we create an identical copy (forensic image) of the original hard drive. We always make two forensic copies: one copy is safely stored for evidence and the other copy is used for review purposes. The pristine copy will not be subject to any changes, but the review copy will be constantly updated and examined.
How do you collect information from cell phones?
We have sophisticated software and technological devices that allow us to transfer information from cell phones to computers. We then search through the data for the specific information required for your case, and present it in a manner that is easy to review and analyze.
Are you CPAs?
No. We are lawyers with deep technological backgrounds whose main goal is to help clients with E-discovery. However, if you need a forensic accountant or a certified public accountant to review financial data, we can recommend them to you.