Asset search and discovery is a highly specialized type of investigation, demanding extensive experience, access and resources. Every case is unique and must be approached as such.
Consider our track record as of 2016:
- Beacon has assisted clients in identifying more than $165 million in total assets in the past five years.
- Beacon’s success rate finding for undisclosed bank accounts (accounts previously unknown to the client) averages 88% based on our last full year of results.
- Our recent success rate is over 80% for locating stock, brokerage, and retirement accounts.
- Results for all identified accounts include approximate balance within a few hundred dollars or an exact balance when available, as well as the addresses of the branches where the accounts are located or were recently accessed.
- In addition to our work for law firms and corporations, Beacon is a trusted provider of asset search services for government securities regulators and court-appointed receivers, and has coordinated financial investigations with the Securities and Exchange Commission (S.E.C.), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I.) and the Department of Homeland Security (D.H.S.).
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Our asset search process will discover an individual’s financial interests in the following areas:
• Real or Personal Property
• Motor Vehicles, Aircraft and Watercraft
• Ownership or Interest in Corporations, LLCs, LLPs, etc.
• Judgments, Liens, Bankruptcies
• Checking and Savings Accounts
• Brokerage and Investment Accounts
• IRAs and Retirement Accounts
Our corporate investigations cover the following additional areas of business assets:
• Business Bank Accounts
• IRS-Registered Benefit, Pension, Profit-Sharing Plans
• Identification of Principals, as well as Corporate Parent, Subsidiaries, and Affiliates
• Review of Securities Filings for Public Stock Offerings and Private Placements
• Intangible Assets and Intellectual Property
• Financed Equipment, Federal Contracts, Creditor Claims, etc.
All searches are conducted in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Gramm-Leach-Bilely Act (GLBA) financial privacy laws.
Top 10 Reasons for an Asset Search
Asset searches can be an extremely valuable tool for attorneys, investors, executives and individual litigants, if conducted by an experienced private investigator with the proper skills and resources. In addition to tangible assets, financial accounts and revenue/income sources, a comprehensive search should also reveal liabilities, bankruptcies, liens and lawsuits, resulting in a complete financial profile that is both accurate and actionable. In this article, we describe the top reasons to conduct an asset search.
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The New Era of Financial Secrecy
Finding offshore funds — and the future of money laundering — are the focus of this article by Beacon vice president John Powers, published in Pursuit Magazine, a leading resource for professional investigators. An overseas shift in banking laws has led to greater transparency at European banks, following investigations by U.S. prosecutors of British bank HSBC and Swiss institutions UBS and Wegelin & Co. Global asset searches and financial investigations have grown more complex as criminals pursue new ways to launder their cash, including virtual currency exchanges.
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Asset Search – Potential Business Partner
Know If Your Business Partner Is Lying About Assets
Getting into business with someone can be a tough decision, particularly if you do not know your business partner very well. One of the most important considerations can be the extent of their personal and commercial assets. First, this information indicates whether your partner has the resources to meet their current financial obligations. Second, it indicates whether or not they will be in a position to invest more money down the line.
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Asset Search – Finding Bank Accounts
Finding Bank Accounts That May Be Registered Under Other Names or Entities
Individuals seeking to conceal their assets often open multiple bank accounts, potentially at overseas or out-of-state institutions. Others shelter funds in accounts registered to sham corporations or limited liability companies, or use an alias or maiden name to avoid detection.
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Asset Search Prior to Litigation
Is It Worth Filing a Lawsuit?
Before filing a lawsuit for money damages, it is essential to know as much as possible about the person or the company you are suing. In most cases, litigation will involve a major commitment of time and resources. It is important you know up front if the defendant is worthy of pursuit.
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Asset Search – Divorce Cases
Find Out How Much Your Spouse is Really Worth
Studies have show that between 40% and 50% of first marriages in the U.S. end in divorce and common experience suggests that 99.9% of divorces are difficult and emotional. It is not uncommon for divorce proceedings to turn into a lengthy battle over ownership of marital assets. What is truly surprising, however, is how often husbands and wives are unaware of the extent of their spouse’s assets – and unable to find documentation of those assets without professional assistance.
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