Jeffrey W. Brend Can Find Your Money During Divorce
With over 20 years of experience, Forensic Divorce Attorney Jeffrey W. Brend knows that hidden assets, tax and bankruptcy fraud, and even money laundering are rampant in divorce cases. Unlike other divorce lawyers, he is also a Certified Public Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, and Accredited Business Valuator – making him uniquely qualified to handle every legal and financial issue in your divorce case. He has been named an Illinois Super Lawyer from 2007 to 2016, a LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney, and one of America’s Premier Attorneys featured in Newsweek, Fortune Magazine, and on the Sky Radio Networks.
Expertise in Both the Legal and Financial Aspects of Divorce
“I’m the only person in the country who is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, an Accredited Senior Appraiser of the American Society of Appraisers, and an Accredited Business Valuator of the AICPA,” he says. Brend is past-president of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), and he is an AAML Certified Family Law Arbitrator. He is often retained by one party or appointed by the court as a financial expert. “Since I have litigated hundreds of family-law cases, I have an advantage as a financial expert. I understand what the court will want to hear, and alternatively, I understand what the divorce attorney will need in order to be prepared.”
Saving Divorcing Clients Time and Money
With his sophisticated financial background, Brend can save you time and money during your divorce. “Our practice fulfills all of our clients’ needs, including tax, business valuations, forensic accounting estate planning, and collaborative law. We can do that work ourselves, which reduces our clients’ time and financial costs.” Brend understands that divorcing couples and their children are undergoing great emotional strain. “Have a good therapist help you work through the emotional stress,” he advises. “This will facilitate objective thinking.”
Effective In or Out of Divorce Court
The experienced team at Levin & Brend can resolve your divorce through settlement or litigation. “We have a simple philosophy in handling divorce: we’re reasonable outside the courtroom and advocates in the courtroom. We believe in fostering settlements without protracted litigation, because you should be respectful and professional with other attorneys at all times.” Brend is a member of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois; during the Collaborative process, he works with clients and the other side’s lawyer to ensure a balanced, positive, and productive process. When he has been retained to litigate a divorce, however, Brend has a forceful courtroom style. “When you litigate a case, you should play to win,” he says.
Changing Your Life for the Better – During and After Divorce
A versatile, detail-oriented attorney, Brend understands that family law can change divorcing people’s lives for the better. “Practicing family law gives me the opportunity to help people at the time of their greatest needs and emotional vulnerability,” he says.Brend is also an adjunct professor at Chicago-Kent Law and co-founder of the Daley Center’s Court Facilitator Program, which provides experienced matrimonial lawyers who volunteer to help settle legal disputes in Cook County. His well-rounded background helps achieve a favorable result for every client, in or out of court.
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Jeffrey W. Brend has written the following articles:
- “Can my spouse and I conduct our own negotiations without our lawyers present? Of course, we’d each have our own lawyer look over any agreement before we signed it?”
- “My husband and I own a small business. Who should value this asset?”
- “Is it better to take more property instead of support or a pension?”
- “What is one of the most common financial mistakes that people make in a divorce?”
- “My wife has been cheating on me. I want to leave her, but I’m worried I won’t get custody of our kids. Are the courts still reluctant to grant child custody to fathers?”
- “What information should I bring to an initial consultation with my lawyer?”
- “I’m concerned about protecting the interests of my children. What can I do?”
- “Are the courts still reluctant to grant custody to fathers?”
- “Can my spouse and I conduct our own negotiations without our lawyers present? Of course, we’d each have our own lawyer look over any agreement before we signed it.”
- “Is there any legal reason why fathers should not be awarded custody of their children just as often as mothers?”