Whether you are about to get married, or you’re separating and contemplating a divorce, both parties must consider making necessary steps to protect their wealth in future. This means both the immediate future (for instance, making or changing your Will); and considering the long-term implications of marriage, separation or divorce.
We have a strong Asset Protection practice at Rogerson Law Group, built on years of solid international legal experience in both offshore and onshore jurisdictions. The practice is headed by asset protection specialist barrister and cross border advocate Andrew Rogerson who has an international reputation for his cross-border experience.
If you divorce in Ontario, the general principle is that half of the increase in value of the assets between the date of marriage and the date of separation will be awarded to the less affluent spouse. The parties have a duty to disclose all assets on divorce. We can help protect your assets before marriage or before you get divorced by ensuring that relevant assets do not form part of your estate at the time you get married or divorced.
If you are preparing to marry, you may wish to take steps to protect your assets beforehand. Pre-nuptial agreements and Marriage Contracts are increasingly common, and can protect assets that you will be bringing into the marriage but which you and your new spouse have agreed not to share the increase in value of it should you divorce. It has to be said that prenuptial contracts can never be 100% watertight and judges have frequently seen fit to set them aside in whole or in part. Therefore, we can also advise you on other options that could, for instance, protect a major asset from becoming a matrimonial asset once you are married.
You must take robust legal advice from experienced Asset Protection lawyers to ensure your rights are protected, and that any such agreement or device is legally valid.
Cross border expertise
Our award-winning Asset Protection team also advises and represents Family clients involved in disputes over assets held abroad. This includes protecting divorce clients’ assets from hostile spouses, and making spousal dependency and other claims where a spouse’s assets include property and money owned abroad, or claims involving overseas assets of the estate of a deceased spouse, either held in offshore trusts all other structures or simply in their own name
Award Winning Expertise
Rogerson Law Group has won many domestic and international awards as Asset Protection Law Firm of the Year. Andrew Rogerson is a regular lecturer and writer on the subject, both in Canada and overseas, particularly in Dubai.
He has a niche serving international airline pilots, protecting their offshore and domestic assets on divorce against hostile former spouses.
Contact Us now at (416) 504 2259 to talk to an asset protection lawyer. Rogerson Law Group provides asset protection services in the entire Greater Toronto area including Toronto, Scarborough, Mississauga, Vaughan, Brampton, Richmond Hill, Etobicoke, Hamilton and Barrie with offices located in Downtown Toronto, Thornhill and Barrie. In addition, Andrew regularly sees clients across Canada and overseas; and visits clients in Dubai and London every two months.