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Older Age Divorce
Calender Mar 31, 2017 at 09:00am
Posted By Craig Reinmuth

A record number of married couples over age 50 are filing for divorce. Along with this comes unique financial considerations. This article will briefly discuss financial planning considerations and related recommendations. Retirement planning was done assuming they couple would enjoy retirement as a married couple. Now their primary earning years are behind them and less time exists to exists to build the divided retirement funds back up. Both spouses may have to work, and/or work longer. A financial projection should be done estimating the funds that will be available from wages, retirement savings and investments and comparing this to...

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Alter Ego Victory
Calender Mar 7, 2017 at 10:21am
Posted By Craig Reinmuth

Those of you who have worked on alter ego cases are aware of the strong burden of proof establishing alter ego and piercing the corporate veil. If successful however, it can open doors of available assets and income that a person is trying to shield from creditors, or their spouse. I was involved with a recent decision in Arizona where the court permitted the corporate veil to be pierced and allowed the assets to be entered into the community estate for division between the parties. This case involved a person who set up a company, back in 1999, to shield and protect his assets from creditors. He funneled his personal income and...

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Fraud - Prevent and Detect
Calender Nov 21, 2016 at 05:30pm
Posted By Craig Reinmuth

Prevent and Detect Fraud - What do fraudster's look like? - Hunting down fraud Financial fraud can be devastating, both monetarily and the time that has to be invested. Steps can be taken to prevent fraud and, in the unfortunate situation where it has occurred, it can be tracked down. What do fraudster's look like? You may be surprised! They are commonly well-respected top-executives who have been with an organization at least six years. They typically work well with others. Most fraud occurs within the last 15-30 days of employment....

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Posted By Craig Reinmuth

By Craig Reinmuth Two founders started TransPerfect Global (TPG) from a dorm room they shared in 1992. It turned into a billion business but ended, however, over the day-to-day management issues between its co-founders, Elizabeth Elting and Philip Shawe (Shawe v. Elting, 2016 BL 232452, Del. Ch., No. 10449-CB, 7/20/2016. During the heat of their management quarrels, Philip "undertook a campaign to spy on Elting (Elizabeth)." He monitored her phone calls and emails, went into her office numerous times at night (e.g. late on New Year's Eve), took her computer and had the hard drive imaged by one of TPG's employees. He...

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Posted By Craig Reinmuth

                  Major Cellular Service Provider     Retention Periods Regardless of the nature of the litigation you are involved in, it is common that relevant information isl likely to be  on a cellphone of a party on the other side of the litigation.  And it may be the only place the data is stored.  Depending on the service provider, the period for which the data may be available through them varies greatly.  Below is a brief overview *:    Verizon ...

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Posted By Craig Reinmuth

Shortly after the bombing, a friend of the Boston Marathon bomber deleted his browser history and other electronic evidence when he was being pursued by the feds. Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, he was sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison for "destroying, altering and falsifying records, documents, and tangible objects in a federal investigation, specifically information on his computer." Accordingly, be careful when advising someone who is, or is helping someone, engaged in felony behavior. They must be warned that destroying of any evidence, including digital, can be extremely detrimental.

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Tom Brady – Fair or Not Fair?
Calender Aug 5, 2015 at 09:33am
Posted By Craig Reinmuth

The NFL did not reverse the 4-game suspension associated with accusations surrounding Tom Brady and his potential involvement with deflating of footballs during last season's playoff games. Once announced Brady posted a response on his Facebook page indicating he "replaced his broken Samsung phone with a new iPhone 6 after my attorneys made it clear to the NFL that my actual phone device would not be subjected to investigation under any circumstances." He goes on to state "we turned over detailed pages (paper) of cell phone records and all of the email records and all of the email that Mr. Wells requested"...

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Posted By Craig Reinmuth

If you've ever been in a courtroom in Phoenix, you've probably been witness to the kind of talented digital forensics Arizona lawyers bring to the table. Digital forensics -- or computer forensics -- is a term used when forensic examiners use their expertise to obtain legal evidence from any digital medium, whether it's a hard drive, a cell phone, or an Email retrieved from an Internet server. Phoenix lawyers rely on forensics firms that offer litigation support services that know what they are doing. Here are some of the most basic rules of digital forensic investigations: The original evidence must not be altered in any...

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Posted By Craig Reinmuth

There are several areas of litigation support services Phoenix law firms utilize to get the results they need -- but by far the most effective is obtaining electronic evidence. With nearly all modern business -- both corporate and personal -- being performed over various forms of digital media, the use of the various digital forensics Arizona firms is becoming a must for litigators in Arizona and other states' courts. Why turn to Electronic Discovery in Litigation Support? If you have a hard drive, flash drive, compact disc, DVD, digital camera, cell phone, flip camera, floppy disk, personal data assistant, SD card, or iPad that might...

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Posted By Craig Reinmuth

Today, we're going to do something a little different: we're going to 'follow along' as a forensic accountant in Phoenix goes through an example investigation. The routine activities of an investigator often start with something akin to the report of a whistleblower who points out a coworker's fraud. Such an event needs to be investigated rapidly in order to prevent further loss as well as to find out how far back the fraud extends -- the key to recovering any losses that have already been incurred. One of the forensic accounting firms Phoenix features will spring to the case, sending out a forensic accountant --...

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Posted By Craig Reinmuth

In a court of law, there are certain forensic accounting services Arizona is likely to bring to the case, whether working on the side of the plaintiff or defense. Forensic accounting services are an area of the litigation support services Phoenix and other Arizona courts utilize regularly. An ideal career for someone who has both legal and financial expertise or interest, forensic accounting requires investigative skills, strict discipline, and integrity. A forensic accountant is commonly called upon to investigate crimes such as embezzlement, money laundering, securities fraud, and other so-called 'white collar' crimes. That said,...

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Posted By Craig Reinmuth

As the Copper State moves boldly into the Information Age, putting wrongdoers on notice with the development of strong legal support like mobile forensics, Arizona becomes a harder and harder place to do the wrong thing and get away with it. It doesn't matter if you're a white collar criminal using your cellphone to take pictures of sensitive company documents and send them to a competitor, or just an everyday spouse who happens to have a secret lover you're trying to keep secret -- cell phone forensics can and will find evidence of your wrongdoing. It's devastating to learn that an employee is stealing proprietary...

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Posted By Craig Reinmuth

Because of high-tech advances in a new field called cell phone forensics, Phoenix corporations or residents can find themselves unexpectedly relieved of several perplexing predicaments. Here are just a few key examples: If you're in a civil suit and you need to recover a series of old text messages to prove the context of a particular situation or event; If you're concerned about an employee remotely accessing proprietary files and transferring them to an unauthorized location; If you need to recover a text message or a picture that you accidentally deleted; If you suspect your significant other is cheating on you and...

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Computer Forensics Experts in Phoenix
Calender Mar 17, 2015 at 08:14am
Posted By Craig Reinmuth

When you have a digital mystery that needs solving, there's a computer forensics expert in Phoenix that can help. Computer forensics is a relatively new field of study that deals with legal evidence found on computers and other forms of digital media. Computer forensics is a job that is in demand, and it's a small wonder -- traditional law enforcement is hard-pressed to stem the tide of computer crime these days! When it comes to computer forensics, Arizona is leading the nation, with top-notch litigation support teams offering forensic expertise to lawyers on either side of the case. These technology experts deal with any type of...

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Computer Forensic Specialists
Calender Feb 10, 2015 at 10:23am
Posted By Craig Reinmuth

If you happen to be a computer forensic specialist, Nevada and Arizona aren't bad places to land. In today's digital age, computers are the building blocks of almost every aspect of our lives. Nearly every transaction -- and many interactions -- we engage in are recorded electronically. But with the new digital age has come new digital crime, and with new digital crime has come the new digital investigators. Computer forensics consists of preservation, data collection, analysis, reporting and testimony. Make sure you engage an expert that knows how to help you in each of these stages; one who is proactive rather than reactive. A...

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